The Bookworm

By: Lucy Potts

The Bookworm

The bookworm is a small caterpillar-like creature that lives in books, mainly in libraries. They are fuzzy little black and white creatures, so that they can easily blend into the pages of books. They have ears on top of their head that look like antennae. Their mouth is small and located on their head. The bookworm has been around since the development of paper, and have evolved and changed overtime. Keep reading to learn more about the bookworm.

Classification

The bookworm is in the Phylum Onychophora and the Class Onychophorida. It is in the Order Euonychophora. The Family of a bookworm is Peripatidae. Its Genus is Oroperopatus. The bookworm's Species is Libris. It is also sometimes known as O.libris in scientific literature. The bookworm is related to some species of worms and caterpillars.

Habitat

The bookworm lives in libraries. It is black and white so it blends in with words in the book. The bookworm eats pages of books so its habitat has plenty of food for it. Most bookworms find one book to live in and make a perms ate home in. This is its niche. If the bookworm has a big family, it may choose to love in a series of books. If a bookworm is not in a library it tries to find the nearest source of available books. So it is possible to find bookworms in your own personal books at your house. Bookworms are in almost every book you will find in a library, but they try to blend in with the pages so that you won't see them. They use their camouflage to hide from predators.

Diet

The bookworm eats pages of books. If there is a shortages of good pages to eat, it may start to eat the cover of the book, or the spine, but they prefer the pages. Bookworms have different preferences on which book they live in because each book has a different flavor to them. Some bookworms prefer to live in children's books because of the pictures and how they taste, and others prefer to live in old books because of the crips pages. The bookworm is considered a herbivore because it eats pages of books, which come from the wood of a tree.

Bookworm Life Cycle

The bookworm has a pretty interesting life cycle. It starts as an egg that is usually inside a book, or some corner in a library. The egg hatches and a worm-like creature emerges. This worm-like creature has no legs and inches around. Its eyes have not yet opened, so it relies on its antennae to hear and find its way around. After about three days its eyes open. Then, two weeks later, the bookworm starts to grow its legs. It takes about two more weeks for its legs to fully develop. The bookworm is then fully developed and usually tries to find a mate. Bookworms live for about two years. In this lifetime, it will lay about 100 eggs, of which about 25 will actually live and fully develop.

Adaptations

The bookworm has many different adaptations. They are small creatures so they have to be good at hiding and blending in so that they will not be harmed. All of their adaptations help them thrive in their different environments and habitats.

Camouflage- The bookworm is completely black and white. This helps it blend into the words on the pages of books. Bookworms have many predators, so they have to be careful. They are very private creatures and like to left alone, so their camouflage works to their advantage.

Teeth- Bookworms have really tiny pointed teeth so that they can eat the pages of books. They don't want to be found, so they chew the books with the special teeth in a way that strips the page and makes it thinner, but does not make visible holes in the pages of books.

Legs- The bookworm has 8 legs. They are in pairs of two on each segment of its body. The bookworms legs make it able to move quickly across the pages of books in earlier forms of the bookworm, it did not have legs. Instead, it inched along the pages like a worm, giving it its name of bookworm.

Antennae- the antennae on the top of the bookworm are not actually antennae at all. They are its ears. The bookworm's antennae have small holes that pick up sound waves and interprets the sound for it.

The End

Thanks for learning about the bookworm! It is a very interesting creature and hopefully you found it so.