While I was outside fiddling with the new pumpkin sprouts, the gust of wind made something move on our porch railing.
I caught the movement from the corner of my eye and I thought it might have been a cobweb ball from the plague of golden orb spiders we have been drowning in. I picked up a garden stick to sweep it onto the mulch. Then... it twitched.
So I waited...
And behold! It emerges from its husky home!
And onward it plows forth in the Herculean effort to reach the summit of the railing,
dragging its cone-shaped home of fibres behind it.
It is pretty big, measuring 5cm when it's fully stretched out of its entrance.
And the cone itself is about 15cm long.
I haven't got a clue what it is and the internet search was useless. How can you fail me, Internetzzzz?! I have been such a faithful worshipper and this is how I am repayed?!
So the matter has been turned over to Flickr's ID Please
, where -hopefully- some genius of the bug world will be kind enough to enlighten me as to whether this, one of God's ugliest of creatures, will lunge out to bite my head off while holding me down with those tiny little prickly legs.
That's if it can move faster than 1cm per 15mins. ♪
Edit: Turns out 0x0000ff
is that bug genius! Thank you! It is a large bagworm (Metura elongatus, Family Psychidae
), the caterpillar of the Saunders' Case Moth.