Covered in dead grasses, Mini Bagworm larvae take up very little space, but they can be found in all sorts of places.
Adults are dark brown, almost charcoal color with wisps of white along the veins in the forewings. Their antennae are feathery and long.
The larvae is believed to eat a variety of grasses. The caterpillar covers itself in dried blades of grass and other low-growing vegetation as a means of camouflage. The caterpillar inside this makeshift ghillie suit attaches itself to plant matter like stems, sticks, leaves, but also things like walls or beams when it pupates. It is smaller than Evergreen Bagworm cases, but can be longer than Grass Bagworm cases.
Scientific Name: Astala confederata
Other Name(s): Confederate Microbagworm
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 15mm to 20mm (0.59in to 0.78in)
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.