Subject: What’s inside this chrysalis?
Geographic location of the bug: Phoenix, AZ, Geranium Plant
Time: 01:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Just curious what is inside this little guy.. moves when it’s touched. Maybe a butterfly or moth? About an inch and a half long. If it is harmless, how can I protect it?
How you want your letter signed: Keri
We are confident that this is a Moth Pupa, but beyond that, we doubt that we can provide a more specific identification. It might be a member of the superfamily Noctuoidea, a group with many members that pupate underground without spinning a cocoon. We did locate this image of a caterpillar from the Owlet moth family eating the leaf of a geranium in nearby California on BugGuide, and it is possibly your individual is closely related. Knowing the food plant is often a tremendous assistance when identifying insects.