Monday 20 November 2023

Paulownia Bagworm

Paulownia Bagworm Moth (Eumeta variegata, 大袋蛾).

For the past fours weeks there have been hundreds of these bagworms on the wingnut trees by the Xiang River. They make a good meal of the leaves but have not seriously defoliated any of the trees they predate upon. For thousands of years, these creatures have been exploited for their silk, by the larva attach themselves to branches. Their colouring adeptly matches wherever plant they adhere to, which by the Xiang is usually wingnut trees but sometimes nearby shrubs (as pictured here) as well.

Paulownia Bagworm Moth at Xiang River