Small Wonders - fisherwr2

Bagworm moth larva (Lepidoptera: Psychidae) on an ornamental bush. The larva prepared the bag out of silk and bits of leaf that it feeds on. The worm inside the case is secured on the lower surface of a leaf by silk and pokes its head out to feed and continually renew the case, creating the holes in the leaf seen here. This species takes full advantage of the resources available to it - for nutrition and protection against enemies. There is a small hole in the bottom of the case to allow frass (excrement) to fall out so it doesn't foul the larva's home

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