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May 14, 2018 9:38 PM CST
California
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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May 15, 2018 5:24 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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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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May 15, 2018 5:45 AM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
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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!
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May 15, 2018 8:21 AM CST
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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.
They pose on hazard. πŸ‘πŸ‘

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May 15, 2018 9:03 AM CST
Name: Mindi Hammerstone
Tracy, CA (Zone 9b)
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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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May 15, 2018 1:10 PM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
Annuals Native Plants and Wildflowers Keeps Horses Dog Lover Daylilies Region: Canadian
Butterflies Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Garden Sages Plant Identifier
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
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May 15, 2018 1:53 PM CST
Name: Sharon Rose
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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Just a wild guess, but could they be some type of cockroach egg casing?

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

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

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May 15, 2018 6:15 PM CST
California
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!
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May 15, 2018 6:56 PM CST
Name: Mindi Hammerstone
Tracy, CA (Zone 9b)
Dog Lover Dragonflies
BTW Inmygarden,

Welcome!!! Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

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