I was improving an old flower bed and I don't know if this was on top of the ground or buried in the ground. I just saw it as I was digging. Very purple. See the pennies at the top for size. Looks to be about 2.5 - 3" long.
SOLVED: what is this big purple cocoon looking thing?
Darn! I actually could have told you it was a Manduca but not which one. LOL My kids found one in the yard and I posted for ID.
Whoops! I also meant to ask if you knew we have a bug ID forum now? Someone had to aim me at it not so long ago. ;)
Ohhhhh!! I have been wondering what these things are for ages, but kept forgetting to post about it. Thank you!
I first thought it might be some kind of seed pod but looking closer I figured it must be some kind of insect critter thing. I have never seen one before! Strange looking...
I read that they are used for testing things. I posted one on the Bug ID forum and someone posted a great link for me. They are commonly called tobacco hornworms.
Horn worms are beautiful but they do serious damage. Bummer. ;)