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Jul 06, 2022 08:38 |  #1

On my outing here in Ottawa yesterday, I saw several odd bundles of little sticks firmly attached to leaves. I'm wondering what they are and who made them. Any ideas?


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Jul 06, 2022 09:55 |  #2

I seem to remember reading about an insect that would camouflage themselves with sticks but I can't find a reference to it. Did you poke one? Did it move or was it just sticks?


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I seem to remember reading about an insect that would camouflage themselves with sticks but I can't find a reference to it. Did you poke one? Did it move or was it just sticks?

Yes, I poked at one. Not knowing what to expect, I just poked with a leaf, and was a bit careful. The bundle didn't come off. I suppose I could have torn it off if I had held onto the leaf it was on, but I didn't do that.


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Jul 06, 2022 10:18 |  #4

Hmm, might be a bagworm.


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Jul 06, 2022 10:23 as a reply to  @ Archibald's post |  #5

That's my hunch from my cursory search.


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Jul 06, 2022 10:26 |  #6

Those are the critters I was thinking about. :) Found this (external link) page with a picture remarkably similar to yours (yours is way better).


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Those are the critters I was thinking about. :) Found this (external link) page with a picture remarkably similar to yours (yours is way better).

Lol, thanks. This is the first time that I've seen these things as more than just forest litter. Interesting!

Next time I will have to see what's inside.


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Jul 06, 2022 11:28 |  #8

More info and pictures here: Bagworm moths (external link)


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Jul 06, 2022 17:04 |  #9

These used to be very common here
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I posted one similar to yours Ed but can't find it.
It got up off the leaf or whatever and walked away



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These used to be very common here
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I posted one similar to yours Ed but can't find it.
It got up off the leaf or whatever and walked away

Thanks! The ones I saw seemed immobile - maybe pupae.


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Jul 06, 2022 22:00 |  #11

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Thanks! The ones I saw seemed immobile - maybe pupae.

Pupae or deceased?


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Pupae or deceased?

Could be either one, or vacated.


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Jul 06, 2022 22:39 |  #13

Archibald wrote in post #19401265 (external link)
Thanks! The ones I saw seemed immobile - maybe pupae.

Ed the one I linked is immobile. The one I found on the ground was very mobile. Well at a slow gait :-)



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Jul 06, 2022 23:00 |  #14

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Ed the one I linked is immobile. The one I found on the ground was very mobile. Well at a slow gait :-)

Video clip, or it didn't happen. ;-)a


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Video clip, or it didn't happen. ;-)a

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I posted an image or more of it on the move and you could see its tiny legs
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