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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: Large caterpillar 2 weeks ago by samarie samarie
Re: Can anyone identify this black hairy caterpillar please? 3 weeks ago by JohnR JohnR
Re: Please can anybody identify this caterpilla 1 month ago by KF Camudgeon KF Camudgeon
Unknown larva 1 month ago by Dot Dot
Re: Can anyone help with this caterpillar found in marshy area, Isle of Arran? 1 month ago by Garret Garret
Re: Identify hairy caterpillar on honeysuckle help 1 month ago by Happy Days Happy Days
Re: need confirmation if this a sphinx moth catepillar 1 month ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Caterpillar & Possible Sawfly Larvae 1 month ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Can anybody identify this caterpillar? 1 month ago by triops triops
Re: Caterpillar 2 months ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Caterpillar 2 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Green caterpillar 2 months ago by Darwin\'s Bulldog Darwin\'s Bulldog
Re: Help with identifying caterpillars 3 months ago by flecc flecc
Re: Hairy Caterpillar on Sycamore Tree Trunk 4 months ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Yellow caterpillar 5 months ago by Pj99 Pj99
Re: Caterpillar? Friend or foe? 5 months ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Another hairy caterpillar 6 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Black caterpillar 6 months ago by JDB JDB
Re: Costa Rican caterpillar for ID please. 10 months ago by TORCROSS TORCROSS
Re: Caterpillar ID 11 months ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Can anyone identify this hairy caterpillar found in a Wiltshire garden 11 months ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: ID very long 72mm green caterpillar pretending to be a twig, Somerset 11 months ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: please help id-ing catterpillars and chrysalis 11 months ago by weedgrower weedgrower
Re: What species is this hairy yellow caterpillar from Devon? 12 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Caterpillar with blue horn 1 year ago by JDB JDB
Re: Can I move chrysalis? 1 year ago by Mmaycar Mmaycar
Re: Caterpillar ID 1 year ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Caterpillar ID Glen Esk 11 months ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Caterpillar id 1 year ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Can anyone tell me what type of caterpillar this is? 1 year ago by Happy Days Happy Days

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