Bagworm moth caterpillars

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“Bagworm moths (Psychidae) are found globally, with 1,350 species described. The name is derived from the habits of their larvae. Caterpillars of bagworm moths build small protective cases or bags out of silk and environmental materials such as sand, soil or plant materials. Each species makes a bag particular to its species. Here are 3 rather different ones that I’ve met locally.

“The one at the top is pretending to be a pine cone while that on the above-right is collection of ‘matchsticks’.

“Here’s one of several dressed in what looks like pieces of tree bark (above-left), trundling along a handrail in the mangroves, video below.”

Lena Chow
Singapore
9th September 2014

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