19 June 2015 -Common Pug – a Type of Inch Worm

19 June 2015 Botany Bill Journal


As I was driving away today at the refuge, I spotted an inch worm on my arm. So I decided to take a few photos of it. It is apparently called a common pug (Eupithecia miserulata), a moth of the family Geometridae.








Inch worms are the larvae of moths of the family Geometridae. There are over 1,200 species of inch worms native to North America. I have no idea which species this one is.

They have six legs on the front end, and four grasping appendages on the rear end. Since they don’t have appendages in the middle of their body, they move around by their characteristic inching gait.

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