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Bagworm moth caterpillars

on 18th September 2014

“Bagworm moths (Psychidae) are found globally, with 1,350 species described. The name is derived from the habits of their larvae. Caterpillars of bagworm moths build small protective cases or bags out of silk and environmental materials such as sand, soil or plant materials. Each species makes a bag particular to its species. Here are 3 rather different ones that I’ve met locally.

“The one at the top is pretending to be a pine cone while that on the above-right is collection of ‘matchsticks’.

“Here’s one of several dressed in what looks like pieces of tree bark (above-left), trundling along a handrail in the mangroves, video below.”

Lena Chow
Singapore
9th September 2014

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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