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.