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Identify chrysalis

I found this rather large chrysalis/ caterpillar in a neglected pot of Lemon Balm that had been sheltered most of the year beneath some ferns.

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Does anyone know what it may be? I have put it back but do not want to harbour it if it will turn into a garden pest.

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 17,514

    IT LOOKS SUSPICIOUSLY LIKE A CUTWORM TO ME.

    https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=910

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    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Birdy13Birdy13 Posts: 595

    Thanks for that Pansyface. I'd never heard of cutworms until now. I have followed the link you sent and I think you're right - the photos and descriptions on the RHS link seem to correspond very well. Now I know they're a pest I'll deal with it first thing tomorrow.

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 17,514

    SOME OF THEM TURN FROM UGLY DUCKLINGS INTO SWANS.image

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    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Birdy13Birdy13 Posts: 595

    Thankyou again Pansyface. That's a beautiful moth - and worth a bit of Lemon Balm which will proliferate in the rest of my garden anyway given half a chance.

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