Covered in dead grasses, Mini Bagworm larvae take up very little space, but they can be found in all sorts of places.
Mini Bagworm Moths are dark brown and have wisps of white along the veins on the rounded forewings. Their antennae are feathery and long. The hairy body is narrow and small. The adult does not draw a lot of attention, but its quirky caterpillar certainly does.
The caterpillar of the Mini Bagworm Moth covers itself in dried blades of grass and other low-growing vegetation as a means of camouflage. It is often seen crawling while wearing this makeshift ghillie suit, creating confusion to people that are unfamiliar with it. When ready to pupate, the caterpillar attaches itself to ceilings, walls, beams, branches and other sturdy surfaces. Disguised as a clump of dead leaves and needles, it can go unnoticed and undisturbed during that critical life stage. This particular species makes bags, or cases that are smaller than Evergreen Bagworm cases, but they can be longer than Grass Bagworm cases. The caterpillar is believed to eat a variety of grasses.
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.