Pupae in garden soil

Asked April 23, 2018, 5:56 PM EDT

I am wondering what this is, and what it will become. Should I be worried; should I try to eradicate? Or live and let live?

Yamhill County Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for including the nice image of the pupal case. Such pupae are found in the soil and are the intermediate developmental stage between a caterpillar and a moth. These sorts of mothers are often garden pests.

If you find another one, and are interested in knowing which moth will emerge, put the pupa in a clear container, then add a lid of paper towel held in place with a rubber band. Set it in a protected place where you will see it daily; no direct sunlight, please. (I doubt this will work with this pupa because it appears to be seriously injured.)

When the moth emerges, you can post a picture in your reply to this email. Alternately, you can take it to the Yamhill County Extension Service for a first hand look. Location: 2050 NE Lafayette Ave., McMinnville, OR. Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8-5.