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About caterpillars

Eyed hawk moth larva

Caterpillars include the caterpillars of butterflies and moths.

The larvae of butterflies and moths are commonly known as caterpillars. They usually have three pairs of small, but noticeable, true legs at the front and up to 5 pairs of fleshy false legs at the back.

Caterpillars are commonly found feeding on leaves, but they are also found inside living stems and branches or on the roots of plants and dead wood.

Most caterpillars are hues of green or brown and are relatively hairless, although in many families caterpillars are very hairy and often brightly coloured. A few species are pests of carpets, woollens, organic fabrics and stored food products.

Caterpillars are an important source of food for birds and other invertebrates and many species help dead animals and plants decompose.

Number of UK species: about 2500

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Re: Can anyone please help me identify this caterpillar? 3 weeks ago by triops triops
Re: Cinnabar moth 3 weeks ago by Steve Jelf Steve Jelf
Re: Identification help needed! 1 month ago by Garret Garret
Re: Could you please identify this caterpillar 1 month ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: 2 caterpillars for id 1 month ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: caterpillar clusters 4 months ago by Sally Sally
Re: Help me identify this catapillar that is eating my plants 6 months ago by Jellyw Jellyw
Please help to identify these hairy caterpillars 7 months ago by Jacob Jacob
Re: One of the many green ones but Id help please as can't be sure. 9 months ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Help with identification please. Found on Gunnera in South Devon near Salcombe. 9 months ago by Chris Chris
Re: Help with ID of a flat spiky caterpillar 9 months ago by triops triops
Caterpillar in poacea 9 months ago by Elham Elham
Re: Help to identify caterpillar 9 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Help to identify caterpillar please. 10 months ago by triops triops
Re: Help to ID a caterpillar 10 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Identify green and white caterpillar with orange head 10 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Large caterpillar 11 months ago by samarie samarie
Re: Can anyone identify this black hairy caterpillar please? 11 months ago by JohnR JohnR
Re: Please can anybody identify this caterpilla 11 months ago by KF Camudgeon KF Camudgeon
Unknown larva 12 months ago by Dot Dot
Re: Can anyone help with this caterpillar found in marshy area, Isle of Arran? 1 year ago by Garret Garret
Re: Identify hairy caterpillar on honeysuckle help 1 year ago by Happy Days Happy Days
Re: need confirmation if this a sphinx moth catepillar 1 year ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Caterpillar & Possible Sawfly Larvae 1 year ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Can anybody identify this caterpillar? 1 year ago by triops triops
Re: Caterpillar 1 year ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Caterpillar 1 year ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Green caterpillar 1 year ago by Darwin\'s Bulldog Darwin\'s Bulldog
Re: Help with identifying caterpillars 1 year ago by flecc flecc
Re: Hairy Caterpillar on Sycamore Tree Trunk 1 year ago by AmandaB AmandaB



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