My flatmate found this in her room and we have no idea what it is, and we're hoping you could help!
He's got some sort of cocoon thing made out of fibres that he lives in, then he'll poke his head out, but never fully emerges. To get about, he seems to reach forward, grip/bite on to the surface with pincers/teeth, and then pull his body and cocoon forward to catch up. We kept him in a jar for a couple of days and he doesn't seem to have evolved in to anything else
Here's a video: http://youtu.be/QnsYFlzH08Q Hope the link works because I couldn't get the 'add video' thing to work.
Anyway, hanks for looking, hopefully someone can tell us what he is
It is the larva of a case-bearing moth - a loose term for many species with similar lifestyle.
These species go by several names, eg.
- bag worm (over 1,000 species)
- case-bearing clothes moth
- household casebearer
They are brilliant examples of logical natural design. You (as a moth larva) want to be well camouflaged and protected? Then make a suit covered with detritus from the area where you live. It works well, the materials are easy to come-by.
Hi, I know that beastie, brilliant logical design yes ... BUT They were the bane of my life for months last year. It's a clothes moth so they made their cases out of my clothes! If you found that in your house be warned.. Get some moth balls in your wardrobe and spray where you found it with moth repellant. Loves anywhere dark and slightly warm and will multiply fast!
Hope you don't have any more!