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Insect and Spider Identification: SOLVED: What is this reddish brown "thingie"

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aelana
Monroe, WA

April 20, 2013
5:23 PM

Post #9491167

I don't know if this is a bug or a worm. Found under the soil while removing a sickly rhododendron. The head wiggles when I try to touch its body.

Please help!
Aelana

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

April 20, 2013
5:34 PM

Post #9491180

it is a moth cocoon
aelana
Monroe, WA

April 20, 2013
7:01 PM

Post #9491294

Thank you very much DonnaB. They are pests, aren't they?
Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

April 20, 2013
7:12 PM

Post #9491318

Well, it's actually a pupa, not a cocoon. The two families of moths whose pupae often are found in soil are Sphingidae (hawk moths) and Noctuidae (owlet moths).

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