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Inchworm Caterpillar


I'm still amazed that I noticed this! This little caterpillar was around 15mm long, walking along a steel wire fence. It would contort itself into a small loop, then lift its entire front half forwards, then do the same with the back half and repeat, no conventional crawling, this little creature was more like a living slinky!

1 Species ID Suggestions

shebebusynow 10 years ago
Geometer moth

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abcoblentz 10 years ago

Their locomotion is rather cute!

ceherzog 10 years ago

neat shots!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Oh...its walking like a Leech..

MatthewFuller 10 years ago

that's a wonderfully appropriate name for this creature!

peter 10 years ago

A positive ID is determined by having a complete Family and Species scientific name. You've identified the family which is fantastic, but let's see if you can find the species ;)

shebebusynow 10 years ago

We call them "inchworms" because they measure off their progress so deliberately, an inch at a time. I've seen more than one caterpillar species do this.

LauraMaria 10 years ago

Caterpillars that move like that are called inchworms! Or at least they were in North America. They grow up to me geometer moths. But, as I said, I don't know that this is the same here in the UK!

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England, United Kingdom

Spotted on May 21, 2011
Submitted on May 21, 2011

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