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What Do Inchworms Eat And Drink?

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They may be small but inchworms have the appetite of a creature much bigger than them and will eat a variety of fruit, vegetables and the foliage from shrubs and trees. They are hydrated from the natural moisture in what they eat. Their diet can include celery, cabbage, cauliflower, radishes, beans, parsley, broccoli, potatoes, tomatoes, peas and apples. Even though this list is extensive (and only a selection of what inchworms will eat), they tend to stick to what they have hatched onto - moving them and giving them something else could make them die.

There are more than 1,200 different types of inchworms in North America alone, including the canker worm and the cabbage looper. When it comes to crops, the canker worm is probably the most destructive, though it is particularly beautiful. It has long horizontal stripes and drops from trees with long silken threads to evade predators.

Once inchworms have hatched, they spend up to four weeks munching through whatever it is they have been laid on. After this, they spin cocoons and eventually emerge from their chrysalis as beautiful moths.

Although there are so many different types of inch worms, they do have many common characteristics. They have smooth, hairless bodies and will typically grow to an inch long. Their colors vary from dull brown and black to vivid greens and yellows. They have three pairs of legs at the front of their bodies and two to three more pairs of pro-legs, or larval abdominal appendages at the rear. They move by drawing their back end forward and gripping the earth with their pro-legs. If they feel threatened or intimidated they will stand up straight and motionless until whatever is threatening them has gone away. Many inchworms have the ability to produce delicate threads, like spiders, but in one instance the thread is pure silk.
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I wadded up a paper towel and soaked it in sugar water for my inchworm to drink. I also apply a few drops of water to the soil of my inchworm's container to drink. And to eat I feed my inchworm leaves from trees I've heard butter is good too. LOL. (also if you have soil in your inchworm's container adding dill leaves to the soil isn't a bad idea. Inchworms nest in dill leaves I've read. I've tried it but I haven't had my inchworm long enough for it to have babies.) Tip: Adding thick amounts of soil to your inchworm's container allows them to have fun burrowing not to mention it makes it so you don't have to clean the caterpillar's droppings as often. After all...droppings basically are dirt! Hope I helped you out!
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Generally, I have a pet Inchworm. If you pick juicy leaves and put them in sunlight, they'll make sugar for the Inchworm.
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Inch worms eat leaves you should feed them new leaves every other day that way they get nice juicy leaves that is where they get the water from.
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Inchworms chew on leaves of various trees
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I have an inch worm but my family has no idea what it eats,but lettuce is not bad.
It also likes wet paper towel.
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Lefts and butter! Mine loves butter ;0
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So they eat leaves and that it? We found 1 on a tree and are keeping it as a small pet!! Us kids love him/her.. How long can we keep a inch worm?
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How long can you keep an inchworm cause I have 1 an he/she love to stay in the corner
thanked the writer.
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We have an inch worm pet. My 5 year old loves the bug like a puppy. But lately our inch worm has been acting sad or depressed. She doesn't move when we hold her and she just stays on the same twig all day long. It's sad =(We have her inside a small fish tank with lots of grass,leaves, sticks a rock and a baby cricket to keep her company and so she feels outside but its not working she still acts sad. Do you think she just maybe needs to be put back outside??

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