Bagworm Moth Caterpillar (Psyche casta)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Bagworm Moth Caterpillar (Psyche casta)

These moth caterpillars adorn themselves with various organic materials including leaf debris, constructing a protective case

out of them. What you find may not be the pupal stage (this one is actively feeding), although they also pupate inside the

“bag”.

Some host on lichens, others, such as this species, on plant material.

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/122

My take: http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/its-in-the-bagin-the-garden.html

Shown on Florida Native Plant: MEXICAN PRIMROSEWILLOW (Ludwigia octovalvis)

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