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Saunder’s Case Moth Metura elongata
Saunders’ Case Moth is among the largest and most commonly encountered case moths in Queensland. Its biology is ty...
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Saunder’s Case Moth Metura elongata
Saunders’ Case Moth is among the largest and most commonly encountered case moths in Queensland. Its biology is typical of those species where the adult female is
wingless.
This species occurs in Queensland, New South Wales. As the caterpillar grows, the case is enlarged at the mouth end from which its head and thorax protrude.
New twigs are added to the case in a complicated fashion. The caterpillar
uses its jaws to harvest a twig of a desired length, attaching it to the mouth of the case with a few strands of silk.
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Elyzabeth PRO
 
Elyzabeth November 04, 2015
Whew! So glad I read the description. I thought you were into some funky smoking material!
chuckrickman
 
chuckrickman November 04, 2015
Absolutely fascinating.
Bazz PRO+
 
Bazz November 05, 2015
Interesting story!
SunQueen
 
SunQueen November 06, 2015
I find these all though my garden ...Thanks for explaining the full process that the moths go though
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NanaSue54 November 06, 2015
Very cool !! :)
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Bruz November 07, 2015
I love the story with this Karen. Thank you for showing this and I will be following the growth of this guy.
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SnowbunnyPhotography November 09, 2015
Wow!! Now that's different. Thanks for the info. I would've thought it was just twigs otherwise. LOL! :-)
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lizziemellis November 24, 2015
Love the description..wonderful find, nature at its best:-)
Chrism
 
Chrism November 25, 2015
I knew what it was but didn't know all the info you gave so thanks very much for that, I appreciate it as do your other viewers, by the look of the comments. Great job :)
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