Monday, 21 April 2014

Bagworm update

The first of the bagworms from Pecket Well  emerged this morning. I'm assuming this is a female and that the appendage extending from her rear end is to "call" for mates. I couldn't tell if it was the breeze coming through my window that was making the tassel on the end waft around or whether she herself was waving it. Never seen anything quite like it before!


10 comments:

AndyC said...

Outstanding , Im stumped as to what it is.... pheromone antena..

AndyC said...

Send it to Harry see if he knows...

charlie streets said...

I did just that and he says it's "a well marked female" so your pheromone antenna theory looks good. Let's see what pops out of the other cases.

AndyC said...

Have you kept the empty case..??

charlie streets said...

No, I put the case with the moth still on it outside yesterday - why do you want it/some?

AndyC said...

If you have it /them..please keep them for me ta.

AndyC said...

BTW..nice shot with female on the discarded case....

AndyC said...

From Charlie Fletcher...Crikey, what a fabulous photo!! The odd structure must be the ovipositor. I think that quite a few psychids have large ovipositors. I had a look at MBGBI and it doesn’t say a lot for this species but for Taleporia tubulosa it says “ovipositor extensile”. Looking at pictures of the species with wingless females, they are often showed with the ovipositors sticking out, but I can’t see any like this for winged females such as D. laichartingella.

AndyC said...

From Bri......Amazing ,Havent seen that before,yes looks like a Calling Female ?bet that hasnt been seen often,Cracking pics.regards Bri.

charlie streets said...

Thanks for all your comments, it's a great advert for rearing your own moths!

Went to the central library in Halifax to have a look at MBGBI but it's closed on Wednesdays due to cutbacks :-(

Will save the cases for you Andy, three left now.