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.