A reader recently requested our expertise on determining the identification of a specimen she captured a photo of. The image is of a red pod with a pointed anterior end, and a tail-like stem on the posterior end. This is in fact a moth pupa, not a worm!
A moth will eventually emerge from this pod. A moth begins as caterpillar, or moth larva. They then spin a cocoon. After they make this cocoon, but before they become a moth, they go through the pupa stage. It is impossible to determine which type of moth this is just by looking at the pupa, so our reader will have to be patient. Humans often find pupae in their gardens or yards, but they are nothing to stress about!
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To summarize, a reader found an interesting red pod and was curious about what it was. We have informed her it is a moth pupa!
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