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mystery - Coleophora serratella

mystery - Coleophora serratella
Elkton, Douglas County, Oregon, USA
May 26, 2009
Size: 1/2 inch
I have no idea what this is, but there are a number of them on the Hawthorn trees and a few on an Orchas pear tree. Last month the Hawthorn tree was in bloom, and it drew in all sorts of bees, flies, wasps and who knows what else. For about a week it was the busiest place in the yard, so who left it is a mystery.

I decided to see if I could figure out what it was by putting two of them in a jar, adding some Hawthorn leaves and a few drops of water. The following day, the two mystery things had found each other and were clinging together on the side of the jar. The next day, they had split up. One was back on a leaf and the other was suspended from the lid, about an inch and a half down, by an invisible thread (at least my eyes, even with magnifying glasses, couldn't see it). Since then, about two weeks now, all they've been doing is wandering around the jar.

Any idea what's in this wandering little mystery tube? (Don't know why, but something wants me to think this may have something to do with a sawfly.)

Looks Like 1308 - Cigar Casebearer Moth - Coleophora serratella
.... which apparently can have cases in several forms, according to photos at MPG.


© Jason Dombroskie at MPG

Case of the casebearer:-)
Sounds like a good mystery novel, or an episode for the PBS series:-) This is one of the casebearer moths, the family name of which escapes me at the moment. It is not a "pistol casebearer," which has a hooked top, but something closely-related....Ah, I see Bob says it is a "cigar casebearer." Did not know they smoked....:-)

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