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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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Yellow caterpillar 3 weeks ago by Pj99 Pj99
Re: Caterpillar? Friend or foe? 1 month ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Another hairy caterpillar 1 month ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Black caterpillar 1 month ago by JDB JDB
Re: Costa Rican caterpillar for ID please. 5 months ago by TORCROSS TORCROSS
Re: Caterpillar ID 6 months ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Can anyone identify this hairy caterpillar found in a Wiltshire garden 7 months ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: ID very long 72mm green caterpillar pretending to be a twig, Somerset 7 months ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: please help id-ing catterpillars and chrysalis 7 months ago by weedgrower weedgrower
Re: What species is this hairy yellow caterpillar from Devon? 7 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Caterpillar with blue horn 7 months ago by JDB JDB
Re: Can I move chrysalis? 8 months ago by Mmaycar Mmaycar
Re: Caterpillar ID 8 months ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Caterpillar ID Glen Esk 7 months ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Caterpillar id 9 months ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Can anyone tell me what type of caterpillar this is? 9 months ago by Happy Days Happy Days
Re: Caterpillar ID 9 months ago by Ladybug84 Ladybug84
Re: caterpillars in a Brighton garden 9 months ago by Charlie Charlie
Re: what species of moth is this caterpillar please ? 10 months ago by flecc flecc
Re: Please may someone help identify this caterpillar? 10 months ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Please may someone help identify this caterpillar? 10 months ago by J J
Re: Caterpillar silk production 10 months ago by Steve Jelf Steve Jelf
Re: Near Nettles 10 months ago by Bee4 Bee4
Re: Near Northern Nettles 10 months ago by flecc flecc
Re: Can someone identify this catapillar? 11 months ago by MrsBucks MrsBucks
Re: identification of caterpillar 11 months ago by Laverock Laverock
Help to identify 11 months ago by Alli Alli
Re: What kind of caterpillar is this 1 year ago by carol carol
Re: Hey can anyone tell me what sort of caterpillar this is? 1 year ago by rhossilian rhossilian
Re: Black & yellow caterpillar in south of Spain 1 year ago by Liz Liz

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