“Nona” Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii (spiny flower mantis) sub-adult female nymph. Named after the Roman goddess of fate. She is being pushed along so the timing is right between her and the boy, Morta.
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“You aren’t scaring anyone” Idolomantis diabolica (devil’s flower mantis) L2 nymph trying to scare me off. I had not realized they do this from such a young age. Who knew they were proficient at praying mantis kung fu? 😅 #idolomantisdiabolica #idolo #devilsflowermantis #mantis #invertebrates #prayingmantis #mantodea #mantis #nature #wildlife #animals #insect #bugs #science #entomology #exotic #pets #unusualpets #aliens #funny #adorable #photography #mantismonarch #threatdisplay #kungfu https://www.instagram.com/p/B0oi-bIB8E6/?igshid=1g4fdi86q5tos
Bagworm Moth caterpillars collect little twigs and cut them off to construct elaborate tiny log houses to live in (photos: Melvyn Yeo, Nick Bay)
I had to look this up because i thought there was no way these little faerie cabin-building caterpillars were real
I love every single species of bagworm. They are all wonderful. Yes, even the ones everyone hates as tree-killing pests here in the U.S. Here are some cool bagworm things:
In many species, the female never develops wings or in some cases never even develops legs, antennae or a face. She’s just a sausage-shaped egg factory who dies in her bag.
Two very different species are among the world’s few carnivorous caterpillars. One preys on snails and uses its bag to wedge into the snail’s shell. The other builds its bag OUT of body parts from the arthropods it eats and the smell attracts even more tasty things.
Some species not only have females that remain as “bagworms” but have parthenogenetic subspecies with no males at all; entire populations of caterpillars with no moths.
Do they build them first, and then crawl into them?
Do they have freakishly long arms that extend out from the bottom, allowing them to stack ever-higher?
Or perhaps they build them for each other?
Do they ever tweak the architecture, or rebuild from scratch?
They wrap themselves up in silk, just like when other caterpillars would make a cocoon later. Then as they go along feeding, they attach bits of their leftover food, leaves, twigs etc. to the silk bag. They can reach their whole body out of it when they need to stick something on!
As they molt and grow, they keep adding more to the bag around its open end, so the very tip of the bag is what they started with when they were tiny!
Here’s one where you can obviously see the difference between the “newer additions” to the bag (green leaves), and the more established parts (dried up leaves):
Unfortunately, all the bagworms I collected in my yard ended up being parasitized by braconids! Seems the bag doesn’t protect them so much after all!