Note by Harry Green

Following Kevin's report we searched nearby Deerfold Woods (with Croome Estate Office's permission) on May 18th 2003 for land caddis but found none. We then went to Mill Meadow and searched trees and stumps where Kevin had seen cased larvae. We found a few moving about and on very close examination could see that the occupant was a caterpillar-type larva. The cases were approximately 1 cm long and rather more bulbous in appearance than caddis - Leffia ferchaultella larvae are known as Bagworms. We also found considerable clusters of old cases from which the moths had probably emerged - see picture. I am hoping that Tony Simpson will write an article on case-bearing lepidoptera for a future edition of Worcestershire Record


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