Subject: Leafy Caterpillar
Location: Tampa, FL
May 31, 2015 11:18 am
We saw this guy crawling across the sidewalk of a strip mall in Tampa, FL and were wondering what kind of caterpillar it is.
Signature: Nikki D.

bagworm

bagworm

Dear Nikki D.,
This is some species of Bagworm in the family Psychidae.  Bagworm caterpillars construct a shelter out of the plant material upon which they are feeding that acts as camouflage as well as protection.
  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae (bagworms) construct spindle-shaped bags covered with pieces of twigs, leaves, etc., and remain in them — enlarging the bags as they grow — until they pupate (also in the bag). Adult females remain in the bag, emitting pheromones which attract adult males to mate with them.”

Location: Tampa, Florida

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