Bagworm from Indonesia

Strange moving pile of sticks
Location: Menjangan, Bali, Indonesia
May 13, 2012 5:11 pm
This photo was taken in Bali in March 2012. I noticed a very strange pile of regularly stacked sticks moving on a balustrade. I only managed to get one photo with the wrong kind of lens for the job. My first thought was that it was something that was being moved slowly by an ant from underneath. Another possibility is some kind of bizarre snail. The sticks that this ’shell’ is made from look far too regular. Have you ever seen anything like this before?
Signature: Miles


Hello Miles,
This appears to be a Bagworm, the larva of a family of moths that are characterized by building shelters from various types of plant material.  Here is a photo from FlickR that we believe is  from Indonesia and looks similar.

1 thought on “Bagworm from Indonesia”

  1. Eeeeeeee bagworms! While I do respect them as living things, I find bagworms disturbing. And I could be mistaken but I’m pretty sure baby bagworms are barely visible yet bite like crazy.


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