Mother nature and her bags of tricks has rustled up a delicious little surprise for this macro shot. A blob of moving twigs turns out to be a Bagworm (Psychidae). Neat! The larvae of this species constructs a spindle-shaped silk bag and then attaches pieces of twigs and leaves as a protective covering. This one is hungry extending it’s head through it’s covering and making good headway along the petals of this Moraea ochroleuca (aas-uintjie).
It senses my intrusion and withdraws behind it’s defensive bulwark, though you can still see it’s whiskery antennae.
11 thoughts on “Psychidae – Bagworm larva”
How extraordinary! And lovely photos…
Thanks Jude. An intriguing little critter – with a huge appetite!
Always a fascinating find, and your macro photography is marvelous, Liz! !
We often find them with “cocoons” built from acacia thorns, which seems an extra efficient deterrent to would-be predators.
Nature is a marvel, how innovative is that, a defensive cocoon!
Amazing Liz, what a clever little creature!
Quite surprising too finding out how it manouevres, hooking legs to pull the cocoon along…. neat!
What a funny, interesting little gogga! 🙂
Brilliant insect and great images of it on those contrasting golden petals.
Isn’t that excellent mimicry – a neat solution to avoid detection 🙂