We recently found this weird and wonderful object out in the vineyard. Any guesses about what it is?

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If you guessed “Saunders case moth, metura elongatus“, then you’d be spot on (and also, we’d be rather impressed at your memorisation skills!). Case moths spins their cases out of silk, and most species tend to attach things like sticks, leaves or dirt to their cases. In this instance, this moth has obviously found a few nice long twigs from our vineyard for its case! Their cases can stretch to be up to 15cm long in size, and the moths poke their bodies though the top of their cases in order to feed, collect case decorations, and cling to surfaces to move about.

If you spot one of these guys around your house, be nice – and don’t act surprised if the case disappears in the next few days or weeks!