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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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Very pretty caterpillar. Can you tell me what it is? 3 months ago by Jinks Jinks
Caterpillar ID 3 months ago by Ian Ian
Re: Red/Orange and Black Caterpillar ID 4 months ago by John John
Re: green caterpillar on a beach tree trunk 4 months ago by Sandymo Sandymo
Caterpillar identification please 5 months ago by Weevil62 Weevil62
My little boy found a caterpillar on a windfall cooking apple please help identify 5 months ago by Ellielou Ellielou
Please can anyone identify this caterpillar 5 months ago by Bloominrosey Bloominrosey
Re: Can someone identify this caterpillar please, feeding on goat willow ? 6 months ago by Juless Juless
Re: Unidentified caterpillar ! 6 months ago by TORCROSS TORCROSS
unidentified caterpillar 6 months ago by jpscloud jpscloud
Re: Is this a honeysuckle sawfly larvae? 6 months ago by TORCROSS TORCROSS
Re: Brightly coloured hairy caterpillar. 6 months ago by chronicfathead chronicfathead
Re: Big eyes horny caterpillars 6 months ago by hannie hannie
Re: Is this a Douglas Fir Tussock Moth Caterpillar? 7 months ago by Mealibug Mealibug
Re: hi can anyone help to identify 7 months ago by weevil87 weevil87
Re: Caterpillar ID please?? 7 months ago by weevil87 weevil87
Re: Hawk moth? 7 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Caterpillar id. required 7 months ago by weevil87 weevil87
Re: Help me identify this little guy! 8 months ago by weevil87 weevil87
Re: What should I feed this caterpillar? 8 months ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Help identifying catterpillar from north Norfolk Coast 8 months ago by TORCROSS TORCROSS
Re: Can you identify this giant caterpillar 8 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Can someone identify this caterpiller please? 4 - 5 cm long, found on mulleim (verbascum) 9 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Any ideas?? 9 months ago by Rp Rp
Re: Caterpillar ID please 9 months ago by Pete Pete
Re: Can any one identify please 9 months ago by dannyo dannyo
Re: Caterpillar devouring the ivy 9 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Cypriot caterpillar 10 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Caterpillar ID 10 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Caterpillar Ate My Trousers? 10 months ago by basquesteve basquesteve

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