I found this under one of the leaves on a Bhut Jolokia plant. Does anyone know what it is?
looks like it might be a cocoon of somekind! not 100% but thats what i am putting my money on!
I think it is from outer space; spores brought on a meteor from some far off planetoid.
If It was on a rock by a stream I'd say an empty Caddis Fly nymph case.
The nymphs glue small sticks and rocks together to make their case/home until they turn into adults.
Here is a link that might be useful: Caddis fly nymph case pics
There is a pond about 3 or 400 yards away. No stream. My only other choice is some alien being from the planet Peppertron????
Do I squash the invasion now to save my pepper and the planet Earth or should I let them be and hope they have come in peace?
Maybe early stage of a bagworm bag/cuccoon I would def get rid of it.
I will be excising it tomorrow morning.
I'd go with the bagworm guess.
Scroll down the pic link below there is a pic thats very similare to your pic.
Here is a link that might be useful: Bagworm
I think Smoke nailed it. Looks like bagworm to me. Good Job.
OK, so I am gonna guess that this is a bad thing and I should get rid of it right away?
Actually Habjolokia guessed it , I just found pics of it.
OK, I will be getting rid of it. Are they normal pests to Peppers? I dont see that mentioned anywhere.
I ain't ever seen one on my peppers ;-)
I only have experience with aphids, slugs, earwigs, tomato worms, and deer eating my peppers/plants.
Well, I pulled it off the leaf today. It almost seemed to be burrowed into the leaf like a Tick or something. I didnt see any reason to pull the entire leaf since the leaf looked fine and healthy. I am still debating whether or not to do something about the ants. There are two or three species at least. One is big black ones at least a 1/4 inch long. Then I have smaller black ones and some small red ones. The red ones are not fire ants....too far north. I am thinking about putting some ant poison down on the dirt. I dont really want to kill everything but I tired of the ants and I dont want them farming any Aphids. I think one of the dust or granual types would just affect the soil and not bother good insects trying to pollinate my blooms.
Before laying down any poison, if the ants are not harming anything or farming aphids, leave them be. If they become a burden and multiplying out of control then I would sprinkle a pile of Equal or NutraSweet, I learned this is posinous to ants.
Yah, I have been going back and forth on whether or not to lay down some poison for the ants. I dont think they are doing any harm to my plants and I dont see any aphids. But there are just a lot of them. We have a lot of ants around our area. The soil is almost all sand. That may be why. I just get tired of them being all over the place. Maybe I will try some of the nutra sweet to slow them down a bit.
Bag worms for my money. Although most of those Google pics look different These look exactly like yours to me.
P.S. My apologies for the links. I don't know how to make live links like Habjolokia did, yet.
Bag Worms is it. I am sure. That is the only one I found on my plants so far.
I raised pine and fir trees and bagworms were a constant. I never saw one with twigs quite that big attached, but other than that it's verrrry similar. Looks like you already figured it out, though ;-)