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jamievoetsch
Medford, OR

April 30, 2006
8:57 PM

Post #2236167

I keep finding these in the dirt around our house. Does anyone know what this is? Perhaps a moth or butterfly cocoon?

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wallaby1
Lincoln
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

April 30, 2006
11:54 PM

Post #2236577

I would say fly pupae, possibly the common housefly or blowfly

http://bugguide.net/node/view/48016
wallaby1
Lincoln
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

May 1, 2006
12:15 AM

Post #2236642

Blowfly

http://aolsearch.aol.co.uk/image?query=%27blowfly+pupae%27&isinit=true

Housefly is smaller pupae

http://aolsearch.aol.co.uk/image?query=%27housefly+pupae%27

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Housefly

http://www.deathonline.net/decomposition/corpse_fauna/flies/pupae.htm
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 1, 2006
12:46 AM

Post #2236729

This is the pupa stage of a moth. They pupate in the ground. Does yours have a "handle" on it? Google "moth pupa" for images of several kinds.

GardenGuyKin

GardenGuyKin
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

May 1, 2006
1:09 AM

Post #2236797

Jamie, I find them all over during my spring digging. I agree with Ceejaytown .
Most likely the Spotted Cutworm
http://mint.ippc.orst.edu/spotcutid.htm

This message was edited Apr 30, 2006 6:23 PM
wallaby1
Lincoln
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

May 1, 2006
1:32 AM

Post #2236873

I think we need to know the length, the Spotted Cutworm is 30mm long, or 1.2". the shape does change with either as the wings and body develop. A blowfly is about 10mm long, just under 1/2".

The fly pupae on bugguide looks similar.

http://aolsearch.aol.co.uk/image?query=%27moth+pupae%27
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 1, 2006
2:02 AM

Post #2236949

wallaby - We see these all the time here. We don't see fly pupae...unless we have something dead and rotting and jamie would know that, for sure... lol!

Here's another good site. It has lots of information on it. Scroll down toward the bottom to see the pupae.
http://www.whatsthatbug.com/caterpillar_2.html

This message was edited Apr 30, 2006 9:11 PM
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 1, 2006
2:06 AM

Post #2236961

wallaby - My DH just pointed out that it is the middle of the night in the UK. What are you doing still up? LOL
jamievoetsch
Medford, OR

May 1, 2006
3:09 AM

Post #2237254

Thanks guys, I am pretty sure it is the Spotted Cutworm. :)
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 1, 2006
3:31 AM

Post #2237312

And maybe not...There are several species of moths that form that type of pupa. Very difficult to tell which is which. I put them in a jar with some soil, put on a lid with holes, and place the jar in a protected place (from sun and rain) and then wait to see what emerges. Be sure to check each day or all you'll find is a dead something with battered wings...
wallaby1
Lincoln
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

May 1, 2006
10:01 PM

Post #2239712

ceejay...I'm a naughty girl!
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 1, 2006
10:45 PM

Post #2239836

LOL

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