Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 763836

Household Casebearer Moth
Phereoeca uterella

Observation date: January 24, 2013
Submitted by: LRSchuene
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: I occasionally find these on the floor of my condo. I live in Fort Myers, FL. The caterpillar inches around, pulling its cocoon. The cocoon is about 1 cm long.
Status: Resident
Verified by: Alan Harvey
Verified date: August 07, 2013
Coordinator notes: this caterpillar is known as the "plaster bagworm" moth, Phereoeca uterella. It is a household pest, but typically does no damage. They feed on spider webs. This website has no entry for this species.
Checklist region(s): United States, Florida, Lee County