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Bagworm Moth Caterpillar

Bagworm Moth Caterpillar
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D Mark11
Exposure: f/5.6
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-09-10 18:55
Viewed: 3130
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
While hiking a forest in search of things to photograph, I happened to walk up on this strange looking leaf which was suspended in mid air.

Upon a closer look I could see it was hanging about five foot above the ground by a single silk thread. At first I didn't see it's inhabitant, which was a small caterpillar that was barely visible from it's opening on top. If you look close you can see the tiny silk thread at the top of the cocoon.

I searched my guide books and couldn't find it's identity, so I sent a photo of it to a local naturalist and found out it was the caterpillar of a Bagworm Moth.

Immediately after hatching these caterpillars start to build their nest. They continually add material to the front of their nest while leaving a hole in the back for their excreatment. They carry this naturally camouflaged home with them almost their entire life.

The female either leaves the cocoon for a very short time to mate or the male extends his abdomen into the case to mate with her. The female deposits her eggs in the case and then dies.

I will post a backside view in the WS.

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2012-09-10 20:22]

Hello Ron,

Fascinating image of this caterpillar and it's 'mobile home'. The diversity, adaption & tricks of the trade in the insect world always amazes me and this an execptional example.

An exceptional example that you've captured and illustrated in a very professional and compelling manner - especially with this moth palace dangling by a thread and in stark, ominous contrast to the darkened forest beyond.

Well timed, very well captured and thanks so much for this interesting lesson of nature.



Hi Ron,
really interesting photo and your note. Very good point of view. Nice colours and composition.
Thanks for sharing,

hello Ron
An interesting mix of textures and colours captured in beautiful light and excellent detail.
regards yiannis

Ciao Ron, great macro of fantastic catarpillar at home, nice contrast against dark BG, wonderful natural colors, exellent sharpness, fine details and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-09-11 1:44]

Hello Ron,
What an interesting posting! I remember having seeen this kind of hanging leaves and I wondered what it was. Excellent shot too, as usual. A most useful and original posting.
Kind regards

hello Ron,
this is looks like an abstract art. very informative note help me to understand what it is.
nice observation and capture.
best wishes,

Excellent exemple of the adaptabilty of insects.
Amazing shot

it was a caterpillar?! strange! but lovely shot, Ron. shows the subject so well.. the dark BG is helping you in that. a very good presentation.
tfs :)
take care
have a nice weekend

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2012-09-15 7:33]

Hello Ron,
Well what a fascinating and wonderful image you show us here. This is what TrekNature is supposed to be about people with a love of nature, showing natures beauty and action to others so they can learn. I appreciate very much the lesson you have taught me today Ron, thank you.

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  • Bass Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 173 W: 0 N: 233] (974)
  • [2012-09-26 18:27]
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Hi Ron,
I actually open this pic because I was courious about how this thing was hanging... I can barely see the silk thread! amazing shot!!
very interesting note also. itīs nice to have people interested in teaching about this nature creatures! TFS. have a nice day

Hello Ron

It is amazing how this insect is superbly camouflaged,
I am searching and searching it to see where
it is and still can not found, superb camouflage ! TFS


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