stick cocoon
I found this cocoon on my rose bush in west central Florida on Sept. 17, 2005. I’d never seen one like it before, and being a 4th grade teacher, took it in for my class to see. No one at school seems to know what it is, nor have they ever seen one before. I keep putting fresh rose leaves in the container with a bit of water and the catepillar ventures out occasionally to feed. Attaching a photo. Any idea what it is?
Elane Rogers

Hi Elane,
We were pretty sure this was a Bagworm, but didn’t recognize it. Now we believe it is in the genus Oiketicus. Thank you for the great photo.

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