Insect and Bug ID forum: Bagworms WANTED: yes you read it right!

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Name: Greg Chrislip
Memphis, TN (Zone 7b)
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GregC
Jun 20, 2018 9:19 AM CST
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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“The centipede was happy, quite, Until a toad in fun Said, 'Pray, which leg goes after which?; This worked his mind to such a pitch, He lay distracted in a ditch, Considering how to run.”
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jun 20, 2018 9:22 AM CST
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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Name: Greg Chrislip
Memphis, TN (Zone 7b)
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GregC
Jun 20, 2018 9:36 AM CST
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.
Crazy Entomologist
“The centipede was happy, quite, Until a toad in fun Said, 'Pray, which leg goes after which?; This worked his mind to such a pitch, He lay distracted in a ditch, Considering how to run.”
Name: Sally
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sallyg
Jun 22, 2018 7:16 AM CST
ha- I now see, I was 'set up' when I said they only like arborvitae.. haha
Great display!
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Name: Greg Chrislip
Memphis, TN (Zone 7b)
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GregC
Jun 22, 2018 9:15 AM CST
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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Crazy Entomologist
“The centipede was happy, quite, Until a toad in fun Said, 'Pray, which leg goes after which?; This worked his mind to such a pitch, He lay distracted in a ditch, Considering how to run.”
Name: Greg Chrislip
Memphis, TN (Zone 7b)
Sempervivums Cactus and Succulents Bookworm Cat Lover
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GregC
Jun 22, 2018 2:03 PM CST
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Crazy Entomologist
“The centipede was happy, quite, Until a toad in fun Said, 'Pray, which leg goes after which?; This worked his mind to such a pitch, He lay distracted in a ditch, Considering how to run.”
Name: Greg Chrislip
Memphis, TN (Zone 7b)
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GregC
Jun 26, 2018 7:58 AM CST
More specimens
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Crazy Entomologist
“The centipede was happy, quite, Until a toad in fun Said, 'Pray, which leg goes after which?; This worked his mind to such a pitch, He lay distracted in a ditch, Considering how to run.”
Name: Greg Chrislip
Memphis, TN (Zone 7b)
Sempervivums Cactus and Succulents Bookworm Cat Lover
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GregC
Jun 26, 2018 8:03 AM CST
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Crazy Entomologist
“The centipede was happy, quite, Until a toad in fun Said, 'Pray, which leg goes after which?; This worked his mind to such a pitch, He lay distracted in a ditch, Considering how to run.”
Name: Greg Chrislip
Memphis, TN (Zone 7b)
Sempervivums Cactus and Succulents Bookworm Cat Lover
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GregC
Jun 28, 2018 3:13 PM CST
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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.
Crazy Entomologist
“The centipede was happy, quite, Until a toad in fun Said, 'Pray, which leg goes after which?; This worked his mind to such a pitch, He lay distracted in a ditch, Considering how to run.”
Name: Greg Chrislip
Memphis, TN (Zone 7b)
Sempervivums Cactus and Succulents Bookworm Cat Lover
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GregC
Jul 6, 2018 8:01 AM CST

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Saunders's case moth bags from Australia.
Crazy Entomologist
“The centipede was happy, quite, Until a toad in fun Said, 'Pray, which leg goes after which?; This worked his mind to such a pitch, He lay distracted in a ditch, Considering how to run.”
Name: Greg Chrislip
Memphis, TN (Zone 7b)
Sempervivums Cactus and Succulents Bookworm Cat Lover
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GregC
Sep 9, 2018 6:46 PM CST
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
Crazy Entomologist
“The centipede was happy, quite, Until a toad in fun Said, 'Pray, which leg goes after which?; This worked his mind to such a pitch, He lay distracted in a ditch, Considering how to run.”
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 9, 2018 7:04 PM CST
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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Name: Cheryl
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Sep 9, 2018 7:07 PM CST

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uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you Smile.
Name: Greg Chrislip
Memphis, TN (Zone 7b)
Sempervivums Cactus and Succulents Bookworm Cat Lover
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GregC
Sep 26, 2018 6:35 PM CST
I can't believe no one has unusual bagworms on conifers or deciduous plants. Im not crazy, this is a real request. Confused
Crazy Entomologist
“The centipede was happy, quite, Until a toad in fun Said, 'Pray, which leg goes after which?; This worked his mind to such a pitch, He lay distracted in a ditch, Considering how to run.”
Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Sep 27, 2018 9:10 AM CST
Sorry, I'm still watching the thread but haven't seen a bagworm Shrug!
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Name: Lauri
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lauribob
Nov 14, 2018 10:04 AM CST
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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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Nov 14, 2018 10:41 AM CST
I've kept watch too, Greg, and haven't seen a single bagworm anywhere.
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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Nov 28, 2018 12:58 PM CST
I haven't seen here either.

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