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Mystery Solved

The perplexing pupae which consumed my nightmares have been identified as cottonwood leaf beetles (Chrysomela scripta). The pupae were stored until hatched for a positive ID. congratulations to commenter Sara,  identified the genus based on a few grainy photos. Here is the hatched bug:

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