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What is a measuring worm?

Measuring Worm

A measuring worm is the caterpillar of a cankerworm moth.  It is called a measuring worm because it seems to be measuring the distance it moves by looping its body with each step it takes.

The measuring worm is a green or brown insect that crawls by looping its whole body every time it takes a step.

It is called a measuring worm because it seems to be measuring the distance it moves with each step.

Of course, the measuring worm isn’t really a worm.  It is the caterpillar or a delicate, butterfly-like moth.  It grows to be less than an inch long.

The measuring worm has two pairs of feet less than the caterpillars of other moths.

As a result, it creeps along by stretching its body forward as far as it can.  Then it brings its back feet go to touch its front feet, making a loop, and then stretches out again.

Other popular names for the measuring worm are inchworm, spanworm and looper.

The measuring worm is a menace because it damages many trees by eating their spring leaves.  Many birds eat measuring worms and thus help destroy this pest.

What is a kinkajou?


A Kinkajous (pronounced KINK  kuh joo) is a small animal that lives in the forests of Central and South American.

The kinkajou is about the size of a cat and somewhat resembles a monkey.  It has large eyes, soft, woolly, yellowish-brown fur, and a long grasping tail that can be used to hold on to limbs.

The native regard the kinkajou as a kind of monkey, but the paws are paws, not hands, and they are armed with sharp claws, not nails.

Kinkajous spend most of their lives in trees.  They hide in tree during the day and feed at night on fruits, insects, and honey.

When feeding, they call to each other in a shrill scream.  It is so loud that it can be heard nearly a mile away.

A kinkajou litter usually consists of one or two young.  By the time the cubs are seven weeks old they can hang by their tails.

Young kinkajous raised in captivity become very tame and are said to make delightful pets. – Dick Rogers