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Bagworm caterpillar builds its own ‘log cabin’ with sticks

Get on the puppy ladder! Bagworm caterpillar builds its own ‘log cabin’ with sticks to sleep in during the pop stage … before it pops up as a moth

  • The Bagworm caterpillar gathers a shelter around itself with the help of twigs and leaves to hide from its predators
  • He sleeps in his little ‘home’ during his pop stage before later re-entering the world as a Bagworm moth
  • These close-up photos of the ‘log cabin’ were made by an Australian expat in Pu’er, South China

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These photos show how a Bagworm caterpillar builds small ‘log cabins’ out of twigs and leaves to hide from predators while turning into a moth.

The ingenious caterpillars get a small foot on the real estate ladder by putting the twigs together in a pyramid where they can sleep comfortably during their pop stage.

The ‘log cabins’ stand on branches or leaves until their owners appear and view the world as a full-fledged Psychidae moth.

There are more than 1200 species of moths in the world and they are all experts in building small shelters while sleeping in their silk cocoon.

'Log cabin': this small structure made of twigs was assembled by a Bagworm caterpillar who built a miniature 'house' around him to hide from hungry predators before he slept in a cozy sleeve during his pop stage

‘Log cabin’: this small structure made of twigs was assembled by a Bagworm caterpillar who built a miniature ‘house’ around him to hide from hungry predators before he slept in a cozy sleeve during his pop stage

Sticking outside: the former caterpillar comes out of the 'log cabin' like a Bagworm moth after hiding in its hideout

Sticking outside: the former caterpillar comes out of the 'log cabin' like a Bagworm moth after hiding in its hideout

Sticking outside: the former caterpillar comes out of the ‘log cabin’ like a Bagworm moth after hiding in its hideout

These photos were taken in Pu’er, South China, by the Australian expat John Horstman.

“The symmetry and precision of the” log cabins “makes them visually outstanding and unnatural looking,” he said.

“Some individuals are better architects and technicians than others, but they can be meticulous, some straight, vertical, others in a perfect Fibonacci spiral.”

He added: ‘Bagworms are generally poorly understood, apart from a handful of species that tease in agriculture and in the garden.

“The life history of this species is unknown, but assuming that they follow the typical life history, they spend their multiple caterpillar files in the coffin, graze the leaf surface when they are small, progress to full leaf thickness, add vegetation to their base side how they grow before they pupate inside. ”

Assembled: the caterpillars bring these structures together to ward off hungry predators during their pop stage

Assembled: the caterpillars bring these structures together to ward off hungry predators during their pop stage

Assembled: the caterpillars bring these structures together to ward off hungry predators during their pop stage

Still here: the structure remains intact even at a 45-degree angle while the caterpillar-turned moth carries it around

Still here: the structure remains intact even at a 45-degree angle while the caterpillar-turned moth carries it around

Still here: the structure remains intact even at a 45-degree angle while the caterpillar-turned moth carries it around

The pyramid-like structures often stay on branches and leaves while the caterpillars sleep

The pyramid-like structures often stay on branches and leaves while the caterpillars sleep

The pyramid-like structures often stay on branches and leaves while the caterpillars sleep

The pyramid-like structures often stay on branches and leaves while the caterpillars sleep

Precision: the pyramid-like structures often stay on branches and leaves while the caterpillars sleep

Hideaway: the small caterpillars carry these shelters around on their bodies after being built from clipped twigs

Hideaway: the small caterpillars carry these shelters around on their bodies after being built from clipped twigs

Hideaway: the small caterpillars carry these shelters around on their bodies after being built from clipped twigs

Shelter: the caterpillars get a small foot on the property ladder by collecting the twigs in a pyramid before the pop stage

Shelter: the caterpillars get a small foot on the property ladder by collecting the twigs in a pyramid before the pop stage

Shelter: the caterpillars get a small foot on the property ladder by collecting the twigs in a pyramid before the pop stage

Craftsmanship: There are more than 1200 species of Bagworm in the world and they are all experts in building these structures

Craftsmanship: There are more than 1200 species of Bagworm in the world and they are all experts in building these structures

Craftsmanship: There are more than 1200 species of Bagworm in the world and they are all experts in building these structures

Complicated: the shelters are built by the caterpillars at their larval stage, either in a vertical form or sometimes more beautifully

Complicated: the shelters are built by the caterpillars at their larval stage, either in a vertical form or sometimes more beautifully

Complicated: the shelters are built by the caterpillars at their larval stage, either in a vertical form or sometimes more beautifully

Close-up: these photos were taken in Pu'er, South China, by the Australian expat John Horstman

Close-up: these photos were taken in Pu'er, South China, by the Australian expat John Horstman

Close-up: these photos were taken in Pu’er, South China, by the Australian expat John Horstman

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