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Bagworm

Oiketicus kirbyi

Description:

Approx 4 inches in length. Light grey. Resident has claws and pincer like teeth. Yellow and black body (that can be seen) Update: Oiketicus kirbyi is a moth of the family Psychidae. It is found in lowlands from Argentina to Mexico and on the Caribbean islands. There is strong sexual dimorphism in the adults. Females are wingless. The larvae feed on various plants, including Musa, Theobroma cacao, Elaeis guineensis, Bactris gasipaes, Cocos nucifera, Citrus, Tectona grandis, Eucalyptus, Eryobothria japonica and Terminalia catappa. It was a serious pest in commercial banana plantations on Costa Rica's Atlantic coast from 1962 to 1964. It developed into a serious pest in oil palm plantations in the 1990s.

Habitat:

The larvae feed on various plants, including Musa, Theobroma cacao, Elaeis guineensis, Bactris gasipaes, Cocos nucifera, Citrus, Tectona grandis, Eucalyptus, Eryobothria japonica and Terminalia catappa.

Notes:

Noticed this crysalis/pupae (nest?) the other day while pruning a fruit tree. Today I noticed it's "resident" moving it around while feeding on the leaves. Is this a large moth or butterfly? Update: After a lot of research, I have identified it, as above

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David_Reedman
Spotted by
David_Reedman

Poços de Caldas, MG, Brazil

Lat: -21.80, Long: -46.57

Spotted on May 24, 2019
Submitted on May 24, 2019

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