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case moth caterpillar

case moth bag caterpillar metura elongatus

Bag / case moth caterpillar IMG 6439 - This strange creature, with the scientific name of Metura elongatus (also known as Oiketius elongatus) and commonly known as the Saunder's case moth, protects itself from attack by predators such as birds by constructing a bag made from fragments of twigs and other plant material that is held together by silk that it creates. It emerges to feed, dragging the bag along with it as it travels slowly across the landscape, and vanishes back into it the moment there is any hint of danger.

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