The five D’s of dodgeball are slowly making their way on campus.
Students are dodging mid-walk, ducking in the middle of the streets, dipping out of sight, and diving away from trees. Any stranger driving through campus could see a handful of students warping their body in and out of what seems to be invisible barriers on the sidewalks. However, all of the students know there is nothing invisible about the one-inch green worms that are rapidly taking the campus over.
The tiny little worms that manage to find a home in your hair, take naps on your book bag, and run laps on your clothes are actually not even worms.
Contrary to belief, they are actually tiny little caterpillars that have legs on each end of their body, hence why they inch around by moving one end of their body to the other. There are over 1,200 species of these worms in North America alone. Most of the worms on campus are bright green, but they can also be found in brown, black, and gray.
When the inchworms are seen hanging from trees, it usually means they are in some sort of danger. If there is danger, the worms will fling their selves from the tree and hang from silk that they have
produced. Once the danger is gone, the worms will go back into the tree and continue to munch on leaves.
The baby caterpillars make their way on to campus and can be seen hanging as soon as the weather turns warm. They are completely harmless, but they are pretty hard to get out of hair.
Students have mixed feelings about the worms and their presence on campus.
“I mean it is what it is. It’s part of nature. Who am I to judge? I personally don’t mind them, but I can understand how they might gross some people out,” said junior Matthew Simon.
Even though some students feel that the inchworms are not really a problem, there are many students who feel that they are a problem on the campus, leading to their negative connotation.
“The inch worms are a nuisance, the campus is inundated by them and I firmly believe the college needs to find a way to treat the problem,” said sophomore Nick Barrack.
If you are one of the students who agrees that the worms are a serious issue, don’t worry, you will not have to fear these little creatures much longer. Soon they will for cocoons and we will have millions of moths infesting our campus.
Until then, keep practicing your dodge ball skills and stay out of their way.
-Madison Guidry ’16, Senior Features Editor