Less than an inch worm!

Insect inchworm

Less than an inch worm… but quite big enough to catch my eye! It just dropped down from a male white mulberry tree by a silken thread. Early settlers brought silkworms and their favorite host, white mulberry trees, over from China with grand dreams of entering the silk trade. The mulberries survived in the new country but the silkworms didn’t.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen an inchworm cocoon but I suspect it was not what the colonists were hoping to collect.

Like all insects, this inchworm has 6 legs.


Published by

Carrie Staples

Author, illustrator of "The Yarn Animal Book", probably the only craft book with instructions for making such unique yarn animals as an orangutan, an ant eater, a llama and a star-nosed mole and "The Single Minded Prince, a fairy tale for all ages about a boy and a pirate captain who both misbehave. The books and a booklet series based on each different yarn craft topic covered in "The Yarn Animal Book" (pompoms and other really easy yarn crafts, knitting, crocheting, rya, needlepoint and embroidery), are available on Amazon and Kindle.

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