Bagworm from Cyprus

Subject:  Strange debris covered creature
Geographic location of the bug:  Cyprus
Date: 06/19/2019
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

Bagworm

Dear 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.

Hi Daniel
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.
Thanks again.
Jelvis

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