Please, can someone identify this "beast"?

Reply Tue 4 Jun, 2013 03:38 am
I found it on my clothes at a countryside, its main body is hard, but the tail can move rapidly, and that's about all I can tell about it.
To be honest, these kinds of things disgust me quite a bit, but still I would like to know, what it is.
Lines on a paper are 5mm apart.

Thank you.
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Reply Tue 4 Jun, 2013 03:51 am
It's the pupae of a moth. I'm not sure what kind yet, but I used to see these things too (when I was a kid), just can't remember where I saw them.
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Reply Tue 4 Jun, 2013 03:58 am
A honey locust moth chrysalis.

The hairy rings are typical of the species.
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Reply Tue 4 Jun, 2013 04:00 am
Where did you find it (geographically)? In the US? Europe? Australia?
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Reply Tue 4 Jun, 2013 06:30 am
Thanks for the answers! Most likely it is going to be a pupae of some moth.
I'm from Europe, Latvia.
Reply Tue 4 Jun, 2013 07:39 am
It's a pupae of a Latvian moth.

Moth Expert, me.

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Reply Tue 4 Jun, 2013 07:48 am
It's definitely a Moth Pupae, I just don't know what species it is. Timur may be correct, but I'm not familiar with moths endemic to the Latvian area, so I can't say for sure.

I grew up on the east coast of the US and we had pupae very similar to this. The swirling tail motion is also common among them. I think it's a function of how they break free from the casing and it's probably also a response to threats (to scare predators) because ours used to always do that when we picked them up.
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