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What is this? Worm? Caterpillar? Animal? Mineral? 
21st-May-2008 04:29 pm
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.
21st-May-2008 06:52 am (UTC)
ARGH!!!!!!!!! *incoherent screaming*

I hate caterpillars T_T

21st-May-2008 07:16 am (UTC)
It's not that bad... till you look UP CLOSE.
*giggles as she dangles the case in front of you*
21st-May-2008 06:55 am (UTC)
It's a Case Moth.

There a bunch of different types, 2 or 3 of them native to QLD.
21st-May-2008 07:13 am (UTC)
Woot! Thanks for setting me on the right track! It's a large bagworm (Metura elongatus - Family Psychidae) of the Saunders' Case Moths.

And by the way, how do you know this? XD
21st-May-2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
I like bugs :p
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21st-May-2008 07:14 am (UTC)
But it moves so slowly! And the fact it retreats into its case when threatened isn't very monster-like. It needs balls. BIG balls. XD
21st-May-2008 09:10 am (UTC)
D: Cool-looking creature. But I get goosebumps when there are bugs this big. Or well, with a home that long. Lol. XD
21st-May-2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
It seems like all the bugs here down under have had steroids and are at least 5 times bigger than the ones in Singapore. Even the flies here are monsters compared to our puny stunted diptera.
21st-May-2008 12:09 pm (UTC)
*closes her eyes* looks scary >
21st-May-2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
Welcome to your worst nightmare! Muahahahaha! XD
21st-May-2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
am suffering this odd compulsion to poke it with a stick. *_*
21st-May-2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
I did one better - I poked it with my finger! XD
21st-May-2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
I'd need a 10 foot pole. o_o
22nd-May-2008 03:13 am (UTC)
22nd-May-2008 11:57 am (UTC)
Not as interesting as the fact that it has spun lots of silk to attach itself to our doorframe. I think it's starting its metamorphosis stage.
24th-May-2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
I remembered we had one of these on our back verandah at my last house

24th-May-2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
Yours looks fatter than the one we've got. *poke poke*
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