|Geometer moth (Family: geometridae) |
Size: From 2.5 to 3.8 cm
Where: Virginia creeper, grapevine
Why: This moth grew from the familiar green inchworm who, unlike other caterpillars, is missing its middle legs, making it a childhood favourite for its method of movement.
Wheel bearer (Phylum: rotifera)
|Water bear (Phylum: tardigrada) |
Size: From 0.05 to 1.2 mm
Where: Water on sand, soil, mosses
Why: Known as water bears, or moss piglets for their mammalian movement, tardigrades can also dehydrate, entering a state called cryptobiosis and can endure extreme temperatures, waking up as much as 130 years later when better times return. They come in many colours and their eggs are the most beautiful assortment of ornate spherical globes.