from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several moths of the family Psychidae, which construct fibrous cases of silk spun together with leaves, twigs, or grass. The plant-feeding larvae and wingless adult females live in these cases.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A member of the family Psychidae of the Lepidoptera.
- n. Eastern tent caterpillar.
- n. Fall webworm.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of several lepidopterous insects which construct, in the larval state, a baglike case which they carry about for protection. One species (Platœceticus Gloveri) feeds on the orange tree. See basket worm.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The larva of a lepidopterous insect, Thyridopteryx ephemeræ-formis (Harris), common throughout the more northern part of the United States.
The bagworm is a perennial insect pest of arborvitae, juniper, pine and many other evergreen species.
I was driving to the kids school Friday in a really good mood and i rounded this corner and i saw the sun shimmering down on the grass and i just thought "wow the world just glows, it is luminescent" and then i realized the sun was reflecting off of these silkworm threads that literally covered the grass, and a bagworm had completely surrounded this ginormous oak.
Eumeta fuscescens (Pepper bagworm) solanaceous crops
An undetermined species of bagworm sometimes causes severe defoliation in Sabah, but trees quickly recover.
A: After a homeowner first takes serious notice of a bagworm, they are not likely to confuse this insect with another living thing.
The spread of the bagworm is slow since adult females are unable to fly.
Ankeny residents have reported to the city an increasing population of the bagworm, a caterpillar that is a pest to trees.
Sounding the arrival of the bagworm, Flickr user and aspiring helminthologist volcanojw recently spent a prolonged period observing and documenting the larva peeking out of its shell.
There’s also the agromyzid vegetable leafminer, the poinciana looper, the banana skipper, the Egyptian hibiscus mealybug, the chrysomelid cucumber beetle, several species of eumenid wasp, a nititulid beetle, a magarodid, a psyllid, a bagworm—even the names are strange.
Regarding the "case bearing moth larva" posted 04 / 10 / 2007); you might want to add that these insects also go by the names "household casebearer" and "plaster bagworm."