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I found a catapillar like creature in my broccolli and took

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I found a catapillar like creature in my broccolli and took it and the bunch it was hiding in to the park and threw the piece of broccolli into a bush next to a pond. I hope it wasn't a bad catapillar. At first I thought it was a centipede because it was long with a lot of legs but it wasn't fuzzy.....It looked like it may have had a segmented hard shell like a beetle. It was gray. I would like to know what it is. I've never seen one like it before. I looked up centipede and it doesn't have long spider legs like a centipede. I saw it both stretched out and curled up. It wasn't skinny like a centipede and it was fatter than catapillars I've seen here in the Tacoma Seattle area. I found some drawings on the internet and it looks kind of like a cata pillar except for what appeared to be a segmented gray shell. But that may have been an optical illusion. It had lots of little stubby legs. Does anyone have an idea of what it could be?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Joan replied 2 years ago.

Hello,

It sounds like you may have found a worm of some sort in the Pupae stage or Chrysalis stage. During that stage they will develop a harder outer shell that is segmented and go through the metamorphosis until it emerges as a beetle, moth or Butterfly.

 

This will give you an idea of what a super worm pupae looks like:

Pupae

 

I am sure the one you may have found was bigger, but it does sound like a Pupae or Chrysalis of a beetle, moth, or butterfly. Joan

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