Identifying Egg Casings or Cocoons?

I submitted a segmented egg casing or cocoon for identification a few weeks ago. The general consensus was that it is a moth. Thanks to everyone who responded.

Now I have a couple of others -- not segmented this time. They almost look like a leaf was used to form the cocoon. The size is about 2 inches long and 1 inch wide. They were found on the ground in south central PA. Any thoughts?


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April 2, 20200 found this helpful
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This does not (to me) look insect related. This looks like a seed pod from a plant. We get these--I am in western PA. They look like the seed pods from our day lily plants.

We are bad from taking them out when they stop blooming and eventually they form things that look like your photo when they are done. I know they are bulb flowers so these are (if I am remembering my 6th grade science right) it would be a seed that is the pre-bulb???


Since was not my strong point, sorry. If you google images for day lily seeds, what I see in my yard looks like what this is, which looks a lot like this.

Penn State has a great home extension office. Maybe show it to them. A link to the site is:

Post back what you learn! They probably are not open during this crisis... not sure...but you could try!

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March 25, 20200 found this helpful

This really looks like the nest of a bee. Here is an image of a nest a Mason bee made and if you look at this one it looks a lot like your nest.

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March 31, 20200 found this helpful

yeah this does not look like a cocoon. It almost looks like an owl pellet to me

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May 16, 20200 found this helpful

Polyphemus moth cocoon.

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May 28, 20200 found this helpful

Ive got one of these too. Definitely not daylily pod or owl pellet. Im curious to look up more about the mason bees.

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