I moved to a new city in west India last year and I've since, on several occasions, seen this insect on walls and it's usually climbing using its head. It has a greyish long shell and moves in a very wobbly way. I've asked people in the locality if they know what that insect is, but no one has a clue. And my curiosity is piqued everytime I see it and I really want to know what it is. enter image description here

Here are two closeup images: https://ibb.co/HNDLCMm https://ibb.co/6JCMH7j

I have a video as well but I don't know how to share it here.

I was suggested that this question is a possible duplicate of: What insect is this? (India)

The insect in my case is probably much smaller and has a plain grey shell (as opposed to building a shell from material lying around, which would most probably be different every time). I don't explicitly see any legs although there may be.

I want a definitive answer as to what moth it is or if it is one or not.


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That's a plaster bagworm [ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phereoeca_uterella ] :)

  • $\begingroup$ Doubt if it's the same species. Probably a different one since it's always grey (but could be that the larvae are rising from same source and using the same material). It is a moth larva for sure though right? $\endgroup$
    – Fenil
    Oct 10, 2019 at 17:10
  • $\begingroup$ For sure it's a moth larva because it's order is Lepidoptera.. and lepidopterans are either butterflies or moths. $\endgroup$ Oct 11, 2019 at 0:08

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