Common Bagworm Moth Psyche casta Pallas, 1767Non-native  Synonyms: Hodges #0437.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Lepidoptera   >   Family Psychidae   >   Genus Psyche   

Status:

BugGuide: Introduced from Europe. First discovered in Boston in 1931. By 1964 the range extended from southeastern Canada to eastern Pennsylvania. BugGuide data indicates it has expanded west to Illinois and Minnesota, with one apparent example in Washington state.

Description:

BugGuide: Larval case "approximately 9-13 mm long. Silk of whitish grey, heavily covered by small pieces of plant fragments, usually by segments of grass stems, arranged longitudinally, often surpassing length of case, projecting in irregular fashion posteriorly (Davis 1964)."

There are 26 records in the project database.

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A Common Bagworm Moth in Frederick Co., Maryland (6/6/2017). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A Common Bagworm Moth in Frederick Co., Maryland (6/9/2015). Verified by Roger Downer/BAMONA. Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A Common Bagworm Moth caterpillar in Frederick Co., Maryland (9/4/2017). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

The 'bag' of the Common Bagworm Moth in Baltimore City, Maryland (5/22/2007). Determined by Charley Eiseman/BugGuide. Photo by Thomas Wilson. (MBP list)


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