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Eumeta crameri is a bagworm moth that spins its cocoon all its larval life, decorating it with small twigs, bark and thorns from the trees on which it feeds. (For this reason, it is sometimes known as the Large Faggot Worm). After hatching, the larva climbs to the top of its host tree and begins feeding on the tender shoots. The Eumeta crameri larva renovates its case three times during the 2 to 3 month larval stage, doing it progressively faster each time. Case renovation consists of replacing the twigs and thorns that make up the case with longer materials, with one piece noticeably longer than the others. Adult males are winged whereas females lack functional appendages.
Spotted on Nov 7, 2014
Submitted on Nov 7, 2014