Unusual backyard find
My daughters brought me what looks to be some sort of larvae from the backyard today. They wanted to know what it was and after a good amount of searching online I am stumped. I will enclose a picture of the thing. It is a little over 3/4″ long, cylinder type body narrowing at both ends, has 3 “rings” that look to be joints towards one end of the body. There are no visible legs, eyes, or antannae. It has a brown hard body. When touched the thing will rotate the tip nearer the rings in a circle, bending at the rings. Please help satisfy my daughter’s couriosity (and mine, too).
You have dug up a moth pupa. I can’t tell you the species, but many moths bury themselves in the ground and form a naked pupa like the one you found.