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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.



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.”

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Tampa, Florida

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