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Moth pupa case?

Observed: 8th July 2012 By: ChrisWentChrisWent’s reputation in Invertebrates
moth pupa

I found about 10 of these large moth pupae while looking for Lizard Orchids on the Devil's Dyke near Newmarket. They are about 30-40mm long, 8-10mm in diameter and many were poking out the ground and then split open - the soil on the dyke is very compacted so it must have been a remarkable effort for the adult to wriggle up and then emerge. I have no idea what species they are I assume a large moth, maybe a hwk moth. I have kept a sample which i will try to take another, better picture of.

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Species with which Ghost Moth (Hepialus humuli) interacts


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ghost moth

Thanks David.