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Nov 7, 2016 6:02 PM CST
I found a 6-7 inch grub worm in my compost. What could produce such a large grub? Does this mean that my compost is unhealthy or healthy? I live in San Antonio where bug seems to be larger in general and was trying to turn and water compost to get palmetto bugs under control. Lots of those too.
Can anyone help me figure out what this is. There does not seem to be many more grubs of any size in compost. Also, what can I do to get the palmetto bugs under control.
Originally started composting and gardening in the mid-atlantic area. Not used to this part of the country.
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Nov 7, 2016 6:22 PM CST
Did you take any photos of the grub?
Some beetles eat dung. You didn't accidentally put any dog or cat poop into the compost bin?

Some possibilities for the large grub (not all of these live in the USA)
Elephant beetle (Megasoma elephas)
Atlas beetle (Chalcosoma atlas)
Actaeon beetle (Megasoma actaeon)
Titan beetle (Titanus giganteus)
Hercules beetle (Dynastes hercules)
There may be more...

Yep, lots to learn. I relocated from southern Connecticut to Savannah, Georgia a new respect for insects. The insects are large and plentiful. Crying
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