Life in a bag

Have you ever heard of bag moths? They are not literally moths in a bag, rather caterpillars in a bag, or a case. Until I stumbled on a specimen at Dunedin Botanic Gardens the other morning, I had never heard of them, let alone seen one. What at first looked like a twig was rustling on a shrub beside me. As I looked closely, the head of a fat caterpillar popped up from it.

The larva was simultaneously hanging on to a leaf and hooked onto its twig-like bag from the inside thanks to its tiny prolegs— Continue reading

Bird sickness, bird boldness?

What could have happened to this adult common blackbird male: fight, predator attack or disease? The bird was not shy but looked a little disoriented and kept staring at me for a while before flying away.

Location: Bayreuth, Germany