Subject: Found a pair of these, metallic blue with orange and black
Location: New Zealand
March 12, 2013 6:57 pm
Hi we found two of these on our deck, it’s summer over here at the moment.
The bug looks like a form of ladybug with black and orange wings, and possibly a set of metallic blue wings over the top?
The antenna has white tips, and the legs look black,
The abdomen is the part that makes me think it’s not a ladybug….
We have never seen one before, and wondering what they are
We believe this is a moth and that its wings haven’t fully expanded, but we have been unable to find a matching image online. Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck than we had.
Chad provides an identification: Bagworm Moth
Chad provided this link to a Bagworm Moth, Cebysa leucotelus. According to the Landcare Research Manaaki Whenua website: “Caterpillar forms an untidy bag to live in
Found on rock walls and houses. Feeds on minute algae and lichen
Adult female is often mistaken for a beetle. Adult female can fly, but only in short hops
Male is fully winged”