Monday Night Mystery

This odd-looking lump is, believe it or not, entomological.

What is it? Points will be awarded to the first person to pick the identification, as follows:

  • order (2 pts)
  • family (3 pts)
  • genus/species (5 pts)

The cumulative points winner for the month of November will take home their choice of 1) any 8×10-sized print from my photo galleries, or 2) a guest post here on Myrmecos.

Good luck!

17 thoughts on “Monday Night Mystery”

  1. 1) Lepidoptera
    2) Psychidae
    3) Thyridopteryx? Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis is a common evergreen bagworm (perhaps this is on a white pine?)

    Bagworm moths form these characteristic larval bags with bits of host stuck to the case – and the fauna is impressively cosmopolitan. Some species are parthenogenetic, females flightless, eggs are laid by the thousands and can survive extreme conditions, larvae are polyphagous and can survive without food for weeks, and then to top it off species hybridize!

  2. Augh! I misread this at first, thinking you said it was NOT entomological…

    Carry on:

    Order: Lepidoptera
    Family: Psychidae
    Genus/Species: Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis

  3. Michael Suttkus, II

    When do these go up in a day? There was finally one I could actually get some points for and I’m way too late to the party!

  4. Same family as all of the above, but I’ll try a species found here in SA:

    Order: Lepidoptera
    Family: Psychidae
    Species: Oiketicus kirbyi

    1. I’m almost certain it’s a pine tree branch. However, the poorly focused image makes it almost impossible to determine the species.

      Order: Pinales
      Family: Pinaceae
      Genus: Pinus
      Species: Pinus strobus (Just a guess…)

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