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Crawling Creatures: Inchworms

It really is an inch!

A closer look
 During our hike this week, we stopped to pick blackberries.  Some children found an inchworm resting on a blackberry.  What a find! The children carefully put leaves, twigs, the blackberry and inchworm into a bucket and brought it to the centre.

The inchworm became our focus this week.  Not knowing much about the inchworm, we conducted some research.
What we found:

  • Inchworms move by "looping" their bodies from back to front.
  • They have three pairs of legs in the front, two pairs of prolegs (appendages) at the back.
  • To protect themselves, inchworms make themselves look like twigs or foliage.
  • They eat foliage and fruit.
  • Inchworms have a similar life cycle as the caterpillar. An inchworm will make a pupa and metamorphose into a moth.
Practicing looping.

Measuring our height using
inchworms.





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