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Mystery Insect (06/02/16)

This insect (life stage) was observed in garden soil in Burleigh County.

Mystery Insect

This insect (life stage) was observed in garden soil in Burleigh County. This is the pupal stage of a Lepidoptera moth, probably a cutworm species that was in her garden. The variegated cutworm is common in gardens in North Dakota. This is the resting (or non-feeding stage) of its life cycle and the cutworm moth will emerge from the puparium after it completes its development. This process is called complete metamorphosis and includes the following life stages:  egg to larval instars (or growth stages) to pupa to adult. It is found in beetles, moths, butterflies, bees, wasps and flies.

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Janet J. Knodel

Extension Entomologist

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