Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1304850

Evergreen Bagworm Moth
Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis

Observation date: July 28, 2021
Submitted by: BarbSendelbach
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: A friend of mine removed a Juniper covered in cases from his property and delivered me several branches covered in cases in late March of 2021. I have never been fortunate enough to find active larvae in the field. I was curious to see their life cycle so I decided to rear these. They have been difficult to photograph. Especially in the earlier instars. Now that they are far more active, I have been able to see them move around more. My best guess these are now 3rd instar larvae. I am curious to see if any males will emerge from the cases since I do not see exit holes in all of them. Original location marked on map. Video can be seen here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/88016566@N03/51342083768/in/dateposted-public/
Status: Resident
Verified by: curtis.lehman
Verified date: August 06, 2021
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, New Jersey, Sussex County