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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: Caterpillar ID 42 minutes ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Caterpillar Ate My Trousers? 3 days ago by basquesteve basquesteve
Re: Can somebody tell me what this caterpillar is please? 1 week ago by Izzy Izzy
Re: What is this Caterpillar? 1 week ago by hello hello
Oak or Grass Eggar? Or other? 2 weeks ago by Bugbrain Bugbrain
Caterpillar found in Celery originating from Spain 4 weeks ago by Alwin Solanky Alwin Solanky
Re: caterpillar id? 1 month ago by basquesteve basquesteve
Re: What kind of caterpillar is this? 1 month ago by hanzy hanzy
Re: Can you ID my caterpillar? 1 month ago by Wortmaggot Wortmaggot
Re: Caterpillar ID 3 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Help please! 6 months ago by Chino999 Chino999
Re: Caterpillar id please 6 months ago by CliveB CliveB
Re: Can you please help me identify this caterpillar? 6 months ago by Wortmaggot Wortmaggot
Re: please help identify this caterpillar 6 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Could anyone tell me what this caterpillar is please? 7 months ago by foolhandy foolhandy
Re: Caterpillar ID please 7 months ago by Jon Jon
Re: Caterpillar on oak ID please 7 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Very hairy caterpillar ID please 7 months ago by Michael Michael
Re: Caterpillar ID - It turned into a ball when my dog went near??? 7 months ago by habdab habdab
Re: Sawfly larvae or caterpillar? 7 months ago by Halcyon78 Halcyon78
Re: What is this little chap? 7 months ago by Halcyon78 Halcyon78
Re: What is this large caterpillar? 8 months ago by Michael Michael
Re: Help with identifying this caterpillar 8 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: what is this yellow hairy caterpillar? 8 months ago by Wortmaggot Wortmaggot
Re: Caterpillar, please help identify 8 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Another unidentified caterpillar, please help 8 months ago by TheLoneEntomologist TheLoneEntomologist
ANOTHER GREEN CATERPILLAR 8 months ago by Microbe Microbe
Re: Can anyone identify this caterpillar, please 9 months ago by habdab habdab
Re: Caterpillar ID please (and host plant) 9 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Lemontree leaf eating bug?? 9 months ago by Wortmaggot Wortmaggot

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