I was out fishing with my friend Casey yesterday and when I got back home I saw that the inchworm eggs I found on August 24 had started hatching and how we have hundreds of the tiniest inchworms I’ve ever seen. More like millimeter-worms.
Once I saw they were hatching I went out and collected a bug free pole bean leaf. I also checked it to be sure it had no holes in it already. This way I’ll be able to monitor their activities easier.
At the moment, just a few hours after giving them the leaf, they have put plenty of holes and they munch their way around their new habitat. I’ve been watching them way too much in my backyard round the house. Had to stop so I could right this update.
It’s not even lunchtime yet and they have already eaten a lot of holes into this pole bean leaf.
Found Inchworm Eggs On A String Tied Between Two Garden Stake
I put a six foot garden stake on each corner of the new raised bed I started lasts year and then ran a string around the top of the stakes.
I did this so that the pole beans I planted at the base of each stake could creep along the string once they reach the top.
A couple of days ago I was looking at the vines and noticed a section of string was covered with tiny beads. The beads were lined up really straight. When I looked really close I could see a dark dot in each of the gold beads.
That the section of beads on the string the vine is crawling across. I had no idea what they were, well other than some kind of eggs so I went in the house and searched for answers online.
Don’t be deceived into thinking the picture on the right is a cob of corn. Nope it’s the inchworm eggs I just zoomed in as much as I could without messing up the picture completely.
Notice that each egg has a dot in the center. That’s going to eventually hatch and will be an inchworm larvae.
I have liked inchworms, which are really caterpillars, since I was a little kid and love how they kind of use their back legs to walk up to their front end and then they stretch out and do it again to get around. I’ve seen them hanging in my path when I’m walking. They have their own silk stands to hang or dangle from.
I read that female wasps will lay their eggs inside inchworm eggs. The wasp larvae will consume the inchworm embryo. It would take a lot of wasp eggs to control the inchworm population so it’s a good things lots of birds like to munch down an inchworm. Bet they can’t eat just one.