Bagworms

Category: Miscellaneous

Scientific Name: Insecta/Lepidoptera/Psychidae

 

Identification:

Color: Body is light to dark(shades of tan to brown, etc)

Size: Body is 4-60 mm long

Region: Found throughout the US and Canada

Important Consideration:

  • Bagworm’s eggs usually hatch in late May to early June a Mid-Atlantic states
  • Each larva alter being born, leaves to make its’ own protective bag composed of silk and bits of leaves and twigs
  • The bag as a hole at each end, one for eating and one for excreting waste
  • Pupation is about 7-10 days depending on the temperature
  • Males emerge from their bag, fly around to find a female to mate with, and then die

 

Where to find, Them on Your Property?

You will find Bagworms on the leaves of broadleaf or evergreen trees, primarily cedars juniper and arborvitae. They are camouflaged so they are often not discovered until after severe damage to the plant has already been done. lf you observe where the Bagworms are at, you may be able to carefully remove them and throw them away before too much damage is done.