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Discussion in 'Wildlife Chat' started by delca1, Jul 2, 2017.
I discovered this on a reed in my pond, any idea what might emerge?
It looks like a curled dead leaf. I wouldn't expect anything to emerge.
That's what I thought too
Is there a bug of some sort that folds the leaves in and sticks them down then does their thing inside maybe?
Some spiders do, and some butterflies and moths 'sew' together a leaf when in the larval stage and live within it - but there's no evidence of eating or frass (caterpillar poo) in the photo - plus it's a dead leaf so no good to eat. Some pupae of butterflies resemble curled dead leaves - small tortoiseshells, painted ladies, commas and their ilk, but are not the same shape as the leaf in the photo.
It really looks like a curled up dead leaf but it was glued onto the reed at the top (the stem like bit). I have since discovered it is a cocoon that would be green until the creature emerged so it would be well camouflaged, then it dries out and turns brown afterwards. Actually had to cut it off in the end as it was so well glued on!.
Looks like a dead leaf to me as well....