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Oct 27, 2016 5:12 PM CST
I recently brought my Yucca indoors for the winter and noticed some sort of hard cocoon attached to one of the leaves. It is hard and up close it appears to have small glistening crystals that resemble sugar granules. Something's made a home inside and I decided whatever it is I'd let it ride out the winter and place the yucca back outside early spring.
Would you happen to know what this insect is? I'm attaching photos
Thank you :)

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Name: Karen
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Oct 27, 2016 5:30 PM CST
It looks like a praying mantis cocoon. Do you have them there?
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Name: Philip Becker
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Oct 28, 2016 10:31 AM CST
Karen's right !
Thats my guess too !
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Name: Sally
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Oct 28, 2016 10:35 AM CST
which had better go back outside and not hatch inside over winter, right? Cut the leaf and tie the leaf to a shrub around two feet off the ground.
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Name: Daisy I
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Oct 28, 2016 10:48 AM CST
I agree with Sally. Take the cacoon (with its leaf) back outside. The cacoon won't handle the heat of the house - outside is the appropriate climate for it. Also, make sure you hang it in the same orientation as it was on the plant.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Oct 28, 2016 11:32 AM CST
Good answer girls !!!
Good answer !!!
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