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Observed: 28th February 2010 By: RHomanRHoman’s reputation in InvertebratesRHoman’s reputation in InvertebratesRHoman’s reputation in InvertebratesRHoman’s reputation in InvertebratesRHoman’s reputation in Invertebrates

The discovery of the tortix moth today (http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/20881) resulted in some competative trunk staring. This was one of the results - the larval case of a micro-moth.

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How does it compare

How does it compare with:

dshubble's picture

which bagworm

Definitely the right family (Psychidae), and I agree it may well be this species, though I'm not sure how to separate it from e.g. Luffia ferchaultella as the cases are, I think, somewhat variable.

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Luffia dimensions are given in MBGBI as 5-7mm in length and Taleporia as 14-20mm, so my one falls into the latter category. There should be an appreciable difference in the field and mine looked much longer than any other cases I have seen.
It certainly looks like http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/11188
i.e. long and thin - one thing I forget to mention with my observation is what looks like a dorsal stripe which accords with the drawing in MBGBI vol 2.

Robert Homan

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Hi Robert,

Thanks for that - I had a little idea about relative sizes, but not about the stripes (I don't have MBGBI, but if I ever see some battered i.e. cheap 2nd-hand...).


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Hi yes this is tubulosa I am sure. It looks like an old case as I have not yet found a live case covered in lichen like this. If you look at the top of this in the photo which in life would be the feeding end you will see some blobs under the lichen covering - on live cases of this species that I have found these are insect cases, it's mentioned in MBGBI.

Andy Banthorpe
Joint Macro-moth recorder for Bedfordshire, VC30