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  1. Peter K

    Peter K Gardener

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    We were digging over the raised beds today and came across a few of these things in the soil. What are they? They look like a large bean but I think they are some kind of pupae

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    Jiffy The Match is on Fire

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    I think it's a Moth pupa but not sure, goole moth pupa
     
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      All my life I have called these leather jackets and believed they were the pupae stage of the Crane fly...common name Daddy Long Legs.

      Cranefly | Also Known As Daddy Longlegs - The RSPB

      However researching on www the eggs turn into larvae which look like this...
      Quote RSPB...."The dull brown larvae, known as leatherjackets, are pests. They feed on plant roots,"

      Leatherjackets

      Pest Alert! European Crane Fly Introduced to Maine - Green Thumb Lawn Service

      Quote BBC...Then the pupa have rows of spines along their sides which enable them to move up and down within the soil during wet and dry periods.

      crane fly pupa emerging - Google Search:

      Crane Fly Pupa, and a Medley of Possible Adult Forms | The Backyard Arthropod Project

      European Crane Fly

      No where on www is there a life cycle where they turn into pupae that look like your pic.
      ....researching on www I found a link that says they belong to a moth.

      Can anyone ID this? - Identify this - Wildlife - The RSPB Community

      I am left very confused.
      How can we all have got it so wrong for all these years.
       
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        Thank you both. The pulpae were removed and disposed of, and by the sounds of it, that's a good thing :)
         
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          What is so sad is that for years I squashed these thinking they were leather jackets and not good for the garden.
          Surely I am not alone on this erroneous thinking.
           
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            We all learn something new evey day, i'm always learning
             
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              Me too I once thought the same, feel a little bad about it now :)
               
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