Could be sarcophagid puparium. Difficult to say unless the last segment can be 
seen.  Either sarcophagid or calliphorid flies would be good choices.

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Behalf Of Tony Irwin
Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 6:16 AM
Subject: Re: [pestlist] Identification

I think the most likely answer is a calliphorid puparium. A bluebottle's sense 
of smell will guide it to potential food sources, even bricked-up cats.
Tony Irwin

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On 15 February 2017 at 10:42, BLAKE, CHELSEA E. (Student) 
<<>> wrote:

Hi all,

I have recently taken this off a desiccated cat found in a mansion wall. I have 
found evidence of Black Carpet Beetle larvae elsewhere on the cat, but have 
been unable to identify this sample. It is somewhat conical with a domed top, 
smooth on the outside but with banded ridges on the interior.

Thanks for any help!


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