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My son and I found this yesterday in dirt and dried leaves while cleaning the yard. We gently moved it into a plant so it blends in...
Thanks Kristen! I'll update the spotting.
It is a sphinx moth (family Sphingidae) cocoon. They bury themselves down in leaf litter for the winter and emerge in the spring. Not sure of the species. Good find!
Lat: 28.70, Long: -81.78
Spotted on Dec 3, 2011 Submitted on Dec 4, 2011