I was checking out a Creosote Bush for
bugs in Nevada when I found this object that
didn't seem to belong.
A light bulb went on over my head (or possibly it was just a reflection
off my camera lens) as I recalled
seeing similar images on Bugguide.net. I realized at once that this
must be a Bagworm Moth case.
Utah has lots of creosote bushes so even though I found this one
in Clark County, Nevada there
are plenty to be found in Utah. © Carol Davis, 4-1-2010
This photo shows the resemblance of the Creosote Bush leaves
to the leaves attached to the bagworm case.
Mother Nature can just knock your socks off* with some of the
insects she has up Her terrestrial sleeve.
Read more about the Psychidae family of moths here on Bugguide.net and
see more of the different types of
bagworms. Just for kicks, try to find some in your yard or your
favorite camping area. Don't be tricked
into thinking these are part of the bush because they are attached
securely to their host plant. Look for
cocoon-like objects with tiny leaves or twigs glued to
them and check out bushes like Arborvitae in your
own yard that are sometimes hosts to bagworms. © Carol
*This has nothing to do with Bagworms, but if you haven't seen the
Mythbusters episode on knocking your
socks off, watch for it on the Discovery Channel, or you can see it here
on their website.
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