Does any one know what this is? Bug/ Larva in soil?

donovancApril 14, 2013

Hi

I found this in the soil of my garden this morning. It had a hard shell, was brown, and it moved one end around. It look very odd and I can not find a pic of this thing online.

Thanks
Donovan

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eahamel(9a)

It looks like a june bug pupa.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 8:02PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Definitely not a Junebug pupae. It's the pupae of one of the Sphinx moths. Many of the species have very similar pupal cases so it's almost impossible to tell who is who until the moths emerge.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 11:20PM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

The loop on the left side is rather odd. Is it perhaps the tongue structure for a big moth?

    Bookmark   April 15, 2013 at 9:07PM
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eahamel(9a)

Sphinx moth pupa is much better than junebug! (pupae is plural pupa is singular)

    Bookmark   April 16, 2013 at 12:06PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Yes, the handle holds the developing mouthparts. Sphinx moths are fairly good sized insects, but there are other species much larger that don't have that appendage. They do, however, have an extremely long proboscis, which consists of two parts connected to form a tube. That's the reason for the hook.....neat, huh?

    Bookmark   April 16, 2013 at 4:31PM
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wisner_gw wisner

That is what a hornworm looks like when it goes into the soil to later emerge as a moth.
http://www.examiner.com/article/getting-rid-of-hornworms

    Bookmark   April 16, 2013 at 7:25PM
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Bridget Helm

hummingbird moths. we have these. they are fun to watch at dusk. they look like chubby short hummingbirds and aren't the least bit afraid of humans. they buzz around from flower to flower. the kids LOVE watching them! they like pentas and lantana as well as my duranta bush.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 11:47AM
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Bridget Helm

it's remarkable how much they resemble the hummingbirds. we thought they were fat baby hummingbirds the first time we saw 3 of them flitting around at dusk. it's hard to tell because of the time of day/night that they appear. it's like clockwork, however

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 11:50AM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

Marvelous photo !

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 2:35PM
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LKZZ(7b)

Lepidoptera: Sphingidae showing the proboscis (the curved thin area).

A Sphinx Moth of which the Hornworm is a type of.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 10:33AM
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