Subject: Strange debris covered creature
Geographic location of the bug: Cyprus
Time: 04:13 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Saw this moving across my shoe. It stops when prodded. I’d love to know what it is.
How you want your letter signed: Jelvis
We cannot make out any details in the creature that is hiding in this shelter, but we suspect it is a Bagworm, the larva of a moth in the family Psychidae. According to BugGuide, a North American website: “Larvae (bagworms) construct elaborate little cases around themselves of plant debris and other organic matter.” This particular individual appears to have constructed its bag from pink flower petals. Was there a plant with similar looking blossoms nearby? Based on this FlickR image, there are Bagworms on Cyprus.
Thank you for your reply. Yes there is a Bougainvillea nearby so his cocoon was quite colourful. He poked his head out and it looks like the Bagworm.