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27-Feb-2010, 05:55 PM
Roger, this was emailed to me.

Any possibility this is the larva of the bagworm moth Psychidae? They were dangling from a defoliated yellow flame tree and parakeets were eating them. Thanks.

28-Feb-2010, 01:39 PM
There are many species of bagworms (family Psychidae), and I am not at all familiar with most of them. This photo could be of a bagworm larva, or even of a hymenoptera pupa (some ichnumonids pupate inside a cocoon on a thread like this). The only way to properly answer the question would be to take a few and rear them through to adults - noting that the females of many pychids a apterous and stay inside the case.

cheers, Roger.

28-Feb-2010, 02:14 PM
looks like the shot by Kwong Wai Chong .:)

28-Feb-2010, 05:02 PM
Ya... posted at Bird Ecology Study Group. I doubt a definite confirmation can be established, like Roger said. Could also be that of a wasp. Perhaps John may know?

28-Feb-2010, 05:17 PM
I have seen them many times , and they wriggle if you disturbed them.:)

Some "" local expert "" also catch no ball and claimed to have referred to some other expert somewhere who also has no clue .

May be wait for me to record one !!;P

01-Mar-2010, 09:54 AM
Thanks for your prompt response and information on this 'pupa', Roger. I've conveyed your feedback to the person who emailed me.