6169 This 6 legged insect may have entered my house on a jacket that was left outside overnight. Two days ago it seemed lifeless after my cat discovered it, soft, moist and pale like shrimp but now it’s segments are dry and more solid… then it wiggled when handled for the photo so perhaps I’ll return it to the thickets once this rain lets up. I hope you might be able to identify it as friendly and native to my area? Mild in October, near a mix of wooded swamp and wild fields in Trenton, Ontario.
This is a pupa of a beetle; likely that of a yellow mealworm (Tenebrio molitor; Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae); see https://tinyurl.com/yaa2l9g3 for an image. These beetles are cosmopolitan in distribution, and sometimes can be pests in stored grains, especially those that have been damaged by excess moisture. See https://tinyurl.com/puwfch2 for detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.