Short white worms in container soil

akalaniApril 10, 2014

I recently removed the potting soil (actually a mix of potting soil and compost) from a container, and found a whole bunch of short white worms in the soil (please see picture). Could someone let me know what these might be and how they could have gotten into the pot?


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Here is a closeup of one of the worms.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 11:39PM
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iris_gal(z9 CA)

Some kind of white grub. I see one or two occasionally. They are the larvae stage. Maybe of a beetle. Google white grub.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 1:54AM
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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

I agree, and they no doubt came with the compost. Al

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 10:05AM
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drew51 SE MI Z5b/6a

Those are beetles. Very common. You really cannot tell which? Here we have June Bugs and Japanese beetle grubs, others too, but the most common. They are probably from the compost, possibly some type of wood beetles.The larvae of wood beetles look like that too, most beetles look like that! Wow, they grew well in the pot! Good job! :)
Japanese beetles like to lay eggs in grass, so doubtful that's is what they are. Unless compost was harvested under sod.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 10:43AM
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