Strange Creatures

We have been watching a couple very strange creatures!  They are both in a pot of little lemon trees I have been growing. I know they are eating the trees but I have more trees, and the creatures are far more interesting.

First is this worm type thing. It spends most of its time with its back end anchored to a stem and its body sticking straight out.

The second creature is really unusual! At first I thought we had a cocoon or pupa hanging on the plant, but further observation told me it is much stranger than that.

After a few days of watching I think I have a better idea what it is doing. I think the entire cocoon is made of pieces of stems. It sticks them on, and then covers them with a fuzzy, furry coating which it smooths down. The pieces in these photos from 3-4 days ago are now barely visible, and it is working on smoothing the next round of pieces that it stuck to itself yesterday. Between periods of cocoon building, it eats leaves. But, if it is building its cocoon and wants stems, it just tosses the attached leaves on the ground.

If any of you have any idea what these are, let me know. I don’t even know what search terms to start with! The pot is only a few feet from my patio table where I hang out, so it will be interesting to watch and see what happens.

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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14 Responses to Strange Creatures

  1. Sunnymikkel says:

    Dododododo, you have now crossed over, there is no going back! ;>}}

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  2. Amazing macros, Kris. Who would have ever thought that insects could be so intriguing?

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    • I know, and I’m always finding a new and different one! A Facebook friend identified the second one as a bagworm. I thought they spun webs and tents in trees but I did some research, and indeed there are bagworms that do this also.

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  3. dfishell says:

    There are some strange critters indeed in the tropics! I’ll have to send you a photo I took of, what I thought was, a dead leaf that turned out to be some species of praying mantis. Very odd and also cool 🙂

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    • Really! Yes, please do send the photo. There is no end to the interesting critters around here.
      BTW, have you all been doing OK down there with the earthquakes? It seems the epicenter was just off shore from you.

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  4. Hugo Ernst says:

    How many more weeks will it be, before you find out if they taste like chicken?

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  5. Pathway To Portugal says:

    Such interesting little visitors you have!

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  6. schuttzie says:

    How very cool and interesting! Please keep posting of any other strange critters, I love this!

    Barbara

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  7. That little cocoon creature is interesting to say the least! Bagworm, that’s a fitting name. I wonder if it’s job is ever complete? Ha, it’ll be neat to see what he does with his little life.

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