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Jun 20, 2018 9:19 AM CST
Name: Greg Chrislip
Memphis, TN (Zone 7b)
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So I know it's an odd request but I'm looking for bagworm specimens from the unusual host plants. I have been making a display of bagworm cases from various host plants to show how the larva incorporates plant material into the bag. This is a list of species we currently have in the display:
1. Abies concolor- Concolor fir
2. Cedrus atlantica- Blue atlas cedar
3. Cercis canadensis-Eastern redbud
4. Chamaecyparis pisifera-False cypress
5. Diospyros-Persimmon
6. Gleditsia triacanthos-Honey locust
7. Hypericum-St. John's wort
8. Juniperus virginiana-Eastern red cedar
9. Liquidambar styraciflua-American sweetgum and Juniperus virginiana- Eastern red cedar
10. Malus 'Sutyzam' Sugar Tyme-Sugar Tyme crabapple
11. Malus-flowering crabapple (variety unknown)
12. Picea omorika 'Pendula Bruns' –Serbian spruce
13. Picea pungens –Blue spruce
14. Picea sp.-spruce
15. Pinus strobus –Eastern white pine
16. Pyracantha-Firethorn
17. Quercus bicolor - swamp white oak
18. Quercus macrocarpa- bur oak
19. Ribes aureum-golden currant
20. Robinia pseudoacacia- black locust
21. Rosa-Rose (domestic-cultivar unknown)
22. Taxodium distichum- Bald cypress
23. Tamarix-salt cedar
24. Thuja-Arborvitae

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Jun 20, 2018 9:22 AM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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I haven't seen any around my place, but your display is fascinating! I didn't realize they incorporated the different plant materials like that. I hope you get some different ones!
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Jun 20, 2018 9:36 AM CST
Name: Greg Chrislip
Memphis, TN (Zone 7b)
Bookworm Cactus and Succulents Cat Lover Sempervivums
Karen, it's pretty amazing what gets incorporated into the bags. The bag on the sweetgum pod is half cedar and half sweetgum. The larva must have switched host plants halfway through development.
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Jun 22, 2018 7:16 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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ha- I now see, I was 'set up' when I said they only like arborvitae.. haha
Great display!
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Jun 22, 2018 9:15 AM CST
Name: Greg Chrislip
Memphis, TN (Zone 7b)
Bookworm Cactus and Succulents Cat Lover Sempervivums
Pm me if you have specimens, a bagworm removed now is 500-1,000 potential bagworms next year. I already have samples for the plants listed above
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Jun 22, 2018 2:03 PM CST
Name: Greg Chrislip
Memphis, TN (Zone 7b)
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Jun 26, 2018 7:58 AM CST
Name: Greg Chrislip
Memphis, TN (Zone 7b)
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More specimens
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Jun 26, 2018 8:03 AM CST
Name: Greg Chrislip
Memphis, TN (Zone 7b)
Bookworm Cactus and Succulents Cat Lover Sempervivums
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Jun 28, 2018 3:13 PM CST
Name: Greg Chrislip
Memphis, TN (Zone 7b)
Bookworm Cactus and Succulents Cat Lover Sempervivums
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The bag on the right side contained a male moth, notice the partially exposed exoskeleton. Only male moths leave the bags and fly.
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Jul 6, 2018 8:01 AM CST
Name: Greg Chrislip
Memphis, TN (Zone 7b)
Bookworm Cactus and Succulents Cat Lover Sempervivums
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Saunders's case moth bags from Australia.
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Sep 9, 2018 6:46 PM CST
Name: Greg Chrislip
Memphis, TN (Zone 7b)
Bookworm Cactus and Succulents Cat Lover Sempervivums
OK people you should start finding mature bags on the plants now, I need specimens. I tip my hat to you.
Freeze the bag label with host plant data. Send me message and I will arrange shipping. Below is the list I currently have, I can use a mature bag of concolor fir. and Sugar Tyme crabapple.
1. Abies concolor- Concolor fir
2. Cedrus atlantica- Blue atlas cedar
3. Cercis canadensis-Eastern redbud
4. Chamaecyparis pisifera-False cypress
5. Diospyros-Persimmon
6. Gleditsia triacanthos-Honey locust
7. Hypericum-St. John's wort
8. Juniperus virginiana-Eastern red cedar
9. Liquidambar styraciflua-American sweetgum and Juniperus virginiana- Eastern red cedar
10. Malus 'Sutyzam' Sugar Tyme-Sugar Tyme crabapple
11. Malus-flowering crabapple (variety unknown)
12. Picea omorika 'Pendula Bruns' –Serbian spruce
13. Picea pungens –Blue spruce
14. Picea sp.-spruce
15. Pinus strobus –Eastern white pine
16. Pyracantha-Firethorn
17. Quercus bicolor - swamp white oak
18. Quercus macrocarpa- bur oak
19. Ribes aureum-golden currant
20. Robinia pseudoacacia- black locust
21. Rosa-Rose (domestic-cultivar unknown)
22. Taxodium distichum- Bald cypress
23. Tamarix-salt cedar
24. Thuja-Arborvitae
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Sep 9, 2018 7:04 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
North of Houston TX (Zone 9a)
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Is that what that was?? I just pulled off one of these off my Japanese Maple. Thinking it was a dead leaf, it didn't come off so easily. I thought how odd it was to be on there like with thread! If you want it I'll dig around where I tossed it and get it to you.
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Sep 9, 2018 7:07 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
North of Houston TX (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Plumerias Ponds
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uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you Smile.
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Sep 26, 2018 6:35 PM CST
Name: Greg Chrislip
Memphis, TN (Zone 7b)
Bookworm Cactus and Succulents Cat Lover Sempervivums
I can't believe no one has unusual bagworms on conifers or deciduous plants. Im not crazy, this is a real request. Confused
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Sep 27, 2018 9:10 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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Sorry, I'm still watching the thread but haven't seen a bagworm Shrug!
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Nov 14, 2018 10:04 AM CST
Name: Lauri
N Central Wash. - the dry side (Zone 5b)
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Your display looks fascinating! Sorry to not be of any help, but I've never seen those here. Are they on the west coast? I've heard people mention bag worms before, but they seemed to be referring to tent caterpillars, which we do have plenty of, but they don't look nearly as cool as your bagworms!
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Nov 14, 2018 10:41 AM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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I've kept watch too, Greg, and haven't seen a single bagworm anywhere.
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Nov 28, 2018 12:58 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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I haven't seen here either.
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Jul 28, 2019 8:12 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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Jul 28, 2019 11:51 AM CST
Florida
Is this a bag worm of some sort?
They are destroying my viburnum. Can't figure out how to kill them.
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