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Cryptothelea fuscescens


An abandoned "log-cabin" case of a New Guinea species of casemoth (bagworm moth), family Psychidae.


Typically I see these on Bougainvillea but this specimen was observed on the fruiting structure of a palm tree. Found in in a large semi-urban yard & garden adjacent to a disturbed remnant patch of forest in the equatorial tropics of northern New Guinea.

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Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Thanks Lauren! They're all amazing, each species with it's own design. :-)

LaurenZarate 9 years ago

Great series Scott! Love these things. So amazing that they can do this with such precision. The ones I've been finding make kind of messy cases with anything they encounter to stick on.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Thanks António, yes amazed every time :-)

Awesome Scott,each time you spott a structure like this,i have to take a look,it's like a tree house:-)realy cool,congrats and thanks for sharing

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Thanks Ava!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago


Scott Frazier
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Scott Frazier


Spotted on Dec 20, 2013
Submitted on Dec 20, 2013

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