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A caterpillar of a geometrid moth that moves by looping the body in alternate contractions and expansions. Also called looper, measuring worm, spanworm.


(Animals) another name for a measuring worm


or meas′uring worm`,

a geometrid moth larva that progresses by bringing the rear end of the body forward and then advancing the front end.
Also called inchworm.
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Noun1.inchworm - small hairless caterpillar having legs on only its front and rear segmentsinchworm - small hairless caterpillar having legs on only its front and rear segments; mostly larvae of moths of the family Geometridae
caterpillar - a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth
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"Many creatures such as inchworms, which have completely soft, compliant bodies without any rigid components, exhibit unprecedented abilities in adapting their shapes," the team wrote.
Ken Hewitt-White, a contributing editor for Sky & Telescope, fittingly thinks this asterism "suggests a caterpillar humped-up in mid crawl." Ken is probably referring to the caterpillars commonly called inchworms, since most other caterpillars don't have the inchworm's looping gait.
The clay caterpillars used for the study were all created at the University of Helsinki, with the same green plasticine and in the same looping shape of inchworms. Even the glue used to stick them onto plants was the same, and kits containing all the supplies were mailed to 40 researchers from 21 countries who worked together for the study, titled "Higher predation risk for insect prey at low latitudes and elevations." Comparison from different sites would not be possible if this standardization hadn't been implemented.
Nowhere is it more evident than in the masses all around me, foreheads pressed to the floor, crawling like inchworms, lost in concentrated faith to the essence these images represent.
One year we had a bad infestation of little inchworms. As soon as we sprayed, they jumped off the plants and crawled down the aisle as fast as they could to get away from that hot spray!
Most readers will know that the crowd, compared to a pile of inchworms or ants carrying salted fish heads, is an object of derision.
A Centrism Narcism Debut How ET Inchworms Baud Every row and column can be rearranged into the magic constant "Norwich Bumstead"!
Polyurethane-cast pants, crooked like crawling inchworms, crept across the floor, their forms interlaced with chromed aluminum bars shaped after garment patterns.
Last week's winner was Mrs E Robinson of Stoneydelph, Tamworth, who wrote: "I'm looking forward to measuring the inchworms!"
TTW give students five items to measure (leaf, paper clip, new pencil, felt flower, and crayon) with a partner using their inchworms and write the measurements on their paper.
Professor Ronen Alon and his research student Ziv Shulman, who led the study, say that their finding contrasts the current opinion about the movement of the immune system "soldiers", according to which they advance like inchworms.
Techniques for crafting flies that resemble bait ranging from ants and termites to beetles and jassids to grasshoppers, bees, inchworms, and more are all covered, as well general advice on tools and materials, and even a some experience-tested fishing tips.