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Mysterious red pupa

30 May

Mysterious red pupa

We found this on a baby lettuce leaf on Memorial Day, it was only a few millimeters long. Anyone know what it is? Friend or foe?

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2 Responses to “Mysterious red pupa”

  1. Deborah Van Wetering June 8, 2012 at 8:30 PM #

    I always assume foe until proven otherwise. I think this may very well be a cutworm pupa, which is why we put little collars around our delicate transplants. And I think that weird and wonderful moth we found is an adult. Argh!

    Here’s all the horrible information you need:

    http://counties.cce.cornell.edu/wyoming/agriculture/programs/ipd/climbing_cutworms/climbing_cutworms.htm

    – Deb

    • sansley June 10, 2012 at 9:04 PM #

      I’m convinced on the pupa; harder to tell about the moth because our picture isn’t that could, but it could be . . .

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