Notes from the garden
EEEwwww. That's gross. I have no idea, but I hope you get rid of them! Sorry, I know that's not helpful...
Wow, those are creepy! They look like cicada shells, except... well... not cicada-shaped. I know that's no help, either, but it's all I've got.
How big are they?
About 1.25 inches
Do you think they are from last year? Go to bugguide.net and post your picture. You will have the molt identified in no time.
If there's a betting pool my guess is this is what's left after Ladybug larvae molt. It's got the same little bumps along the casing.Annie at the Transplantable Rose
Too big for ladybugs, Annie. Lots of lepidoptera (butterflies /moths) overwinter/cocoon in the soil and emerge in spring. With luck, it's one of the pretty ones and any caterpillar carnage will be balanced by the display of wings in the garden!
Whoa - didn't see the inches! That would be one whopping big ladybug. Annie
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