Subject: What is this?
Geographic location of the bug: San Antonio, TX
Time: 11:11 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Found this dirt egg and picked it up and felt something moving inside .. What is it? It was under some Walnut slabs of wood and leaves I was cleaning up..
How you want your letter signed: Bugman?
This is the pupa of a horned Scarab Beetle, and we believe it looks identical to this Ox Beetle pupa in the genus Strategus that is pictured on BugGuide. The “dirt egg” is the pupal chamber.
Many thanks as I put the pics on Facebook as a challenge to identify…