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What is this - larvae?

Posted by ltguidetti 6 (My Page) on
Fri, Oct 26, 12 at 15:59

I found this when digging to plant mums this afternoon. It wiggles. A friend said she thought it might be a giant cicada killer larvae, or maybe a european hornet larvae.... We did have european hornets a few years ago, but they were in our chimney. Any ideas??


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RE: What is this - larvae?

It's the pupal case of a caterpillar. Put it in a container with a breathable lid then set on the counter to wait until the moth emerges.

When that occurs, post a picture so that we can refine the ID.


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RE: What is this - larvae?

It's really large. Size of my Thumb, about 3" long, and about an inch across. Hard shell. That's an awfully huge caterpillar!


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RE: What is this - larvae?

Jean, I'm not inclined to think of this as as moth pupae but the wriggling larvae of a soldier fly.

Absolutely not anything belonging to a wasp of any kind, poster.


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RE: What is this - larvae?

It does look like the soldier fly larva, but it's 3x as long... 3" long...


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RE: What is this - larvae?

Three inches long and an inch across!


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RE: What is this - larvae?

Rear it out as I suggested above. then please post an image of what emerges.


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RE: What is this - larvae?

Yes! 3" long.

I did put it in a jar. So hopefully we'll know before too long.


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