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.
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
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. 👍👍
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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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Just a wild guess, but could they be some type of cockroach egg casing?
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