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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: Identify caterpillar? 2 months ago by flecc flecc
Re: Caterpillar ID and survival help please! 2 months ago by flecc flecc
Re: Caterpillar I.D - Please Help 2 months ago by Bob Bob
Re: Caterpillar ID 2 months ago by flecc flecc
Re: What is this Caterpillar on Willow on Isle of Barra today 3 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Unidentified caterpillar 4 months ago by Anel Anel
Re: Almost luminous caterpillar.. Species? 4 months ago by flecc flecc
Re: Can someone identify this? 4 months ago by AMcD23 AMcD23
Re: What kind of caterpillar is this? 4 months ago by flecc flecc
Re: Pink Hairy Caterpillar ??? for identification please 4 months ago by flecc flecc
Re: Please help me identify this caterpillar 4 months ago by flecc flecc
Which caterpillar is this? 4 months ago by BuzzyBee BuzzyBee
Re: Bright orange caterpillar 4 months ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: What caterpillar is this ? 4 months ago by AmandaB AmandaB
What kind of caterpillars is this?? 4 months ago by CorCat CorCat
Re: Anyone know what sort of caterpillar this is 4 months ago by triops triops
Re: Which caterpillar is this? 5 months ago by flecc flecc
Can u identify this caterpillar? 5 months ago by BuzzyBee BuzzyBee
Re: Can anyone help identify this caterpillar? 5 months ago by Milky Joe Milky Joe
Re: What is this caterpillar? 5 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: What is this caterpillar? 5 months ago by Pancho44 Pancho44
Re: Green with long hair? 5 months ago by iain iain
Re: Caterpillars or Sawfly Larvae? 5 months ago by iain iain
Re: Can anyone identify this strange little beast? 5 months ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: caterpillar identification 5 months ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Elizabeth the [Insert Species Here] 5 months ago by brightbeginnings brightbeginnings
Re: Is this a large caterpillar? 5 months ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: What is this caterpillar? 6 months ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Can I get an id for this grub/caterpillar 6 months ago by chinditsboy chinditsboy
Re: Can anyone identify this communal caterpillar feeding on Hogweed? 6 months ago by Laverock Laverock

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