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Inmygarden
May 14, 2018 9:38 PM CST
Hey so I am a beginner at composting this year and recently have found these small red pupae in my compost; at least that's what I think they are. I cannot find a definite answer to what they are from searching. Possibly flies? There was a point that my compost was getting to wet and sorta smelly, learning curve to composting. I realized I needed more air holes in my container I am composting in. But now my compost smells great and is looking awesome. I just want to make sure it's safe to use in my vegetable garden and the red things are not harmful. Also what are they? I have some in a container with compost and nothing has emerged.
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Name: Bill
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BigBill
May 15, 2018 5:24 AM CST
I doubt that they are harmful. Might be some type of fly, little moth or beetle. But I would put my money on fly.
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sooby
May 15, 2018 5:45 AM CST
I would guess flies too but if you put some in a glass jar with a slightly damp piece of kitchen paper under them they may eventually emerge as adults so you can see what they are. Make sure to put the lid on Hilarious!
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
May 15, 2018 8:21 AM CST
I've hatched them. There actually a cocoon. They hatch into a moth.
There's lots of worms, grubs, and other buggers, that live in mulch piles. They help the mulch pile break down.
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Name: Mindi Hammerstone
Tracy, CA (Zone 9b)
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MindiHammerstone
May 15, 2018 9:03 AM CST
Yeah I have those too. I find grubs and red pupae beneath the weeds I was pulling. Namely foxtails. What I saw reminds me of moth pupae. If you grow them out I'd like to see what they turn into. They are decent sized like the first digit of your first finger. They were found singly which makes me thing not flies. Plus fly maggots would be a lot smaller in my opinion. I think we have the same thing. You can make out wings.

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Name: Sue
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sooby
May 15, 2018 1:10 PM CST
I don't think they're moth pupae, they're not pointy at one end nor are they contoured the same. Some pics of moth pupae:

https://www.google.ca/search?q...

I still think they're flies but there's really only one way to find out Smiling
Name: Sharon Rose
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Altheabyanothername
May 15, 2018 1:53 PM CST
Just a wild guess, but could they be some type of cockroach egg casing?

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Name: Mindi Hammerstone
Tracy, CA (Zone 9b)
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MindiHammerstone
May 15, 2018 4:09 PM CST
Oh God please no. The possibility is there. Please don't be cockroaches!!!

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Name: Bill
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BigBill
May 15, 2018 5:07 PM CST
Cockroach egg cases are flattened lengthwise down the long axis. Those appear to be completely round.
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Name: Mindi Hammerstone
Tracy, CA (Zone 9b)
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MindiHammerstone
May 15, 2018 6:03 PM CST
Mine are round how about the OPs?

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Inmygarden
May 15, 2018 6:15 PM CST
I looked up cockroach eggs and they don't look quite the same, the closest I was able to find was a fly. IF anything emerges from the them I will repost. Thanks for the help. Thank You!
Name: Mindi Hammerstone
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MindiHammerstone
May 15, 2018 6:56 PM CST
BTW Inmygarden,

Welcome!!! Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

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