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Published on Aug 18, 2012

We seen this little guy while on our trip just past Princeton B.C. My children were very fascinated by this inchworm and wanted me to film him. (Here's a few facts about this worm.)
The Inchworm ( inch worm ) is a caterpillar that is part of the moth family called Geometridae . It can be found in North America and there are over 1200 species. Other common names for the Inchworm are; measuring worms, spanworms, loopers and cankerworms.

Inchworms will lay about 50 eggs (only in winter) and leave them on twigs and tree limbs. The eggs will hatch around late April or early May and they will feed for 4 to 5 weeks. They then bury themselves into the soil and make cocoons near the surface. November is when they will emerge as moths when they are ready to breed to lay their eggs. The female moth is wingless while the male has a wingspan of about 1 inch with brownish-gray fore wings and lighter colored hind wings.

Inchworms are approximately 1 inch long and are many colors from pale green, reddish green, dark brown or black. The head can be pale to dark green and is covered with black spots. You will see pale lines that run down the length of the body and a dark stripe that runs down the back. They have three pairs of legs at the front of their bodies and two or three pairs near the back of their body. Because they have no legs in the middle of their bodies that is why they draw their rear ends forward while stretching their front body.

Many inchworms camouflage themselves by pretending to be parts of a flower, twig and a shrub. They feed on many types of leaves from trees, plants and shrubs and can cause a great amount of damage to them. These little Inchworms are kept under control as they have many natural predators. Inchworms are well known by the famous song " The Inch Worm" performed by Danny Kale in the 1952 film, 'Hans Christian Anderson' which was written by Frank Loesser. Children in elementary schools around the globe have used these famous lyrics to learn their mathematical skills.

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