A reader just sent us a fascinating video and picture that show tiny creatures huddled in a large clump on a red rope. The critters are about 3 mm long, white with brown heads, and are descending down to the ground on small threads in the video.
After watching the video, we believe that these specimens are actually moth larvae, not worms. Since there are so many species of moth larvae and many look very similar, it can be quite tricky to make a specific identification. However, we are fairly certain that these are geometer moth larvae, which are also known commonly as inchworms.
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There are many species of geometer moths, which accounts for the differences in geometer moth larva appearances. They can vary in size and color, but many species can spin silk that they use to descend on, like the worms in this video.
To conclude, a reader forwarded us a great video of hundreds of tiny white creatures grouped together on a red rope. We are happy to inform her that these are geometer moth larvae, or inchworms!
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