Subject: Inchworm Mayhem
Location: Mumbai, India
April 29, 2015 7:34 am
These inchworms have wreaked havoc in my tiny balcony garden, fairly shredding my spider-plants to bits. Could you help id? I understand from your site that inchworms are geometrid moths caterpillars. It’s full summer now in India, and the photos are today’s (April 29). Another couple of days and it would’ve been ‘May’hem quite literally and figuratively 😀
Is your Spider Plant a Chlorophytum species like that posted on Wikipedia? Knowing the food plant is often a big help with identifying caterpillars and other plant feeding insects. We attempted a search with the genus name of the Spider Plant and the family name Geometridae, but to no avail. You image is stunning and clearly shows the looping action the Inchworm uses to move about, a result of having fewer sets of prolegs than the typical caterpillar.