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wahumom

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I could not believe how large this inch worm was! I had found a really small one, and thought maybe this was the “mom”. Not sure….but it was just so big. Thought I’d add some info about them.

The inchworm (”inch worm”) is a type of caterpillar, and belongs to a family of moths called Geometridae, a group with over 1,200 species native to North America. Also called measuring worms, spanworms, loopers and cankerworms, inch worms are larvae, and are usually considered pests because of the damage they inflict on trees, plants and shrubs.

Only one generation of inch worms is born every year. Adult moths lay their eggs in the winter, leaving them on twigs and tree limbs in clusters of 50 or more. The eggs are cylindrical, gray and have brown tops. After the eggs hatch in April or early May, the caterpillars feed for four or five weeks. When they mature, they burrow into the soil and make cocoons of silk and dirt particles near the soil’s surface. They pupate in early June, but do not emerge as moths until November, when they surface to lay eggs. The adult female moth is wingless; the adult male has a wingspan of about 1 inch, with brownish-gray forewings and lighter colored hind wings. Their coloring usually helps them blend into their surroundings.

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