Bagworm Ballet

August 16, 2018  •  10 Comments

Bagworms are a real problem. We made a major assault on them last year by picking them off of everything we could reach, tying them in plastic bags and throwing them into the trash. We have fewer bagworms this year, but we still get a few hanging around. This bagworm was very active in its leaf bag dangling from a cottonwood. I photographed its ballet-like performance before I mercilessly disposed of it.








Cambré à gauche


Cambré à droite

Tours chaînés déboulés (with help from the breeze)



T & L Photos
Hi Lavinia. It's good you haven't seen bagworms.
Lavinia Ross(non-registered)
You found a good subject to photograph! I don't think I have ever seen one of these fellows. I remember gypsy moths from back east, but never saw one of these.
T & L Photos
Thanks, Angela. I see tent caterpillers only occasionally around her, but I can imagine how bad the infestation you describe would be.
T & L Photos
Thanks, Randall. The moth from these worms, chew off the stems just under the heads of our sunflowers before they bloom and seed, so the birds don't get the sunflower seeds they love so much. We almost lost several rose bushes to the bagworms last year.
Angela Chouinard(non-registered)
Beautiful shots and great theme. I took ballet as a kid but i also helped my Dad eradicate horrible tent caterpillar infestations in that same childhood so I can relate to your final actions. One year it was so bad, on a still day my mother and I heard what sounded like soft rain but it was bits of stem and caterpillar poop coming down in the woods behind the house.
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