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Help with identifying insect, maybe a cicada?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Fretting out, May 29, 2020.

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    Here's your answer...

     
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    what every you do... don't sleep next to it
     
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    It was kind of unnerving when it started wiggling it’s hind end
     
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    Man, I failed to meet that criteria a time or two..... :cool:
    Thats my favorite part! :eek:
     
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    if it was buried in the dirt it ain't gonna be a moth
     
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    Infant murder hornet!:eek:
     
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    Could be a tomato hornworm cocoon, they are found in the dirt and hatch into a pretty durn big moth, of the sphinx variety.
    The big size next to the quarter tipped me off.
    Might be another variety but still probably a big moth.

     
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    This is supposed to be a cicada year though!
     
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    Cicadas are usually found near the base of trees. But I can't make out what that crap is.
     
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    I’m leaning towards moth

    And you’re right it’s gonna be a pretty darn big one too

    Just off of memory it was 2-1/2 inches long or so and it was a round little sucker too
     
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    I’m thinking it was just in the leaf litter and I mistook it for being buried since I was digging next to it
    I put it back where I found it with a pretty loose covering

    As silly as it sounds I’d feel bad if I harmed the thing, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with moths
     
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    I actually considered it being something like that

    When looking close I could see a shape on the “shell” of what it might look like when it’s done doing it’s thing and it didn’t look too hornet like
     
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    Yeah those are huuuuuge moths, very cool but also loathed because the big caterpillar eats tomato plants.
    Or tobacco plants, depending on which of two very similar species it is.
    Plus it inspires poets such as Edgar Allen Poe to write horror stories living entirely in the mind!
    There are numerous moths in the sphinx family (Sphingidae) but this would be the largest.
    In the Poe poem The Sphinx, the character sees a monster in the woods, seemingly approaching to bring whatever doom the writer imagines, but it turns out it's just a huge moth on the window pane and the character is too bleary eyed to focus properly and see that it is not a giant beast in the woods.
    Interestingly, the Poe story takes place during the cholera epidemic of 1832, when the main character had run from the death in NYC to a friends country estate, hoping to escape fate.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manduca_quinquemaculata

     
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    Some kind of chrysalis/cocoon. Keep it dry and warm and you will find out for sure.
     
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    Cool I’ve never heard that Poe story,
    Maybe he saw something like this around here
    Poe is one of the few famous people us Marylanders can claim

    Heck if I didn’t have the internet/discovery channel the cocoon would have probably scared me

    At least when the giant moth comes I’ll know where it came from
     
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    I've hand reared north american Saturniid moths, such as the Cecropia's, Luna's, Polyphemus', and Promethea's, many times, and as others have said, this is not a cicada, it is a pupa of some sort of moth. Assuming it is a native species, my money would be on a species of Sphinx moth, or perhaps a Royal Walnut Moth, also known as a hickory horned devil.
     
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    I thought you might include a pic of one YOU made in the box! :lol::lol::lol::lol:
     
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