Saturday, March 28, 2009

Velvet worm

Velvet worms (phylum Onychophora) are very strange creatures. They are related to arthropods and tardigrades, looking like soft fluffy centipedes.

I had thought of making one a while ago but it slipped my mind... and then someone on the etsy forums suggested it. I finally got a chance to do some sewing today, so here it is!
My favorite fact about these animals: some species can squirt out a type of glue to catch their prey! This substance can be shot up to 30cm away (velvet worms themselves range from .5 to 20cm long) to catch other invertebrates.

I'd really love to have one (or more!) of these as a pet some day.


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Please make more Velvet Worms to sell :)

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Dan Barrett said...

This is hilarious.

I've been doing a bit of research on these things and never expected to find a plushie. Very funny.

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I was reading about velvet worms & did a google image search and found this little guy. Adorable!

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Kim Wedlock said...

I was watching First Life last night, and while I'd heard of velvet worms before, I'd never really seen one, but David Attenborough had one on his hand and, my goodness, they are wonderful things! While I was lying in bed last night I began to wonder if you had in fact made one of these. I was right! They are gorgeous little creatures and I'd quite like one as a pet too! They are very closely related, I think (or at least resemble) one of the first creatures to ever leave the ocean and walk on land.

Kim x A Blackbird's Epiphany

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