09.08.2022 A handsome greenie

I’ve mentioned previously about the larvae that collect debris as a disguise or camouflage known as bagworms. They are members of the Synchlora genus also known as Emeralds.

Wavy-lined Emerald-Synchlora aerata.  When young  and not so fastidious as the adults they do have a rather messy although effective look to hide their existence from predators.

Doesn’t look all that tasty, does it? On one of our Boneset plants.

You might notice what I missed in the adult image.  A small spider lurking in a hole.  My excitement of the moth prevented my thorough examination and I missed it while shooting. I know where it was, on my New York Ironweed plant, so maybe it’ll still be somewhere to be found.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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14 Responses to 09.08.2022 A handsome greenie

  1. In the second picture, I’d have thought I was looking at a drying part of the plant.

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  2. Jet Eliot says:

    Wow, I’m completely baffled by the second photo and this very curious-looking creature. Loved seeing both versions of the moth, Steve, so very enlightening.

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  3. Ann Mackay says:

    The adult is beautiful but the larva looks decidedly strange – clever disguise!

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  4. shoreacres says:

    The color of the moth is one of my favorites: celadon. Your weird one reminds me of caddisfly larvae.

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  5. Todd Henson says:

    I love the moth and the talk of camouflaged larvae, but even more I love that spider peeking through, and the fact you only noticed it later. I love when that happens. 🙂

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  6. bluebrightly says:

    Wow, good spot on that caterpillar and the moth is lovely.

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