This is the shedded skin of a monster bug roaming somewhere in my garden.
How big will this grub actually grow? Is it a vegetarian?
Should I be worried that it will grow to such a size that it will start devouring my pets and then my children? What on earth are we dealing with here?
Some may say that, “oh it is just a witchery grub”, but according to Wikipedia witchery grubs only live in central Australia, and Wikipedia is a reliable and trusted source (I am told). My very perceptive wife told me (after freaking out over the “disgusting” appearance of the skin), that it is just a cocoon. A moth or butterfly would have emerged and flown away!!
My very lovely wife is always right (especially when she is wrong), and who am I to ever “tell” my wife that she, may be a little shy of the truth?
Anyway, after much searching on the WWW (wicked world wide web), I found that the most likely creature that this would have been. It is in fact, a type of moth Lavae! What do you know, maybe my wife was right after all (never really doubted her).
The best match I could find is the Cossid moth (Endoxyla leucomochla), which lives the majority of it’s life as a Witchetty Grub under ground feeding off the roots of mainly Acacia plants.
So it looks like we wont have a monster bug roaming my yard after all, just a “monster moth” instead. Wow 16 cm wing span. Just awsome!
This must be the moths that our (would’nt hurt a fly) cat, Pancakes brings in at times to play with.