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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: One of the many green ones but Id help please as can't be sure. 2 weeks ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Help with identification please. Found on Gunnera in South Devon near Salcombe. 4 weeks ago by Chris Chris
Re: Help with ID of a flat spiky caterpillar 1 month ago by triops triops
Caterpillar in poacea 1 month ago by Elham Elham
Re: Help to identify caterpillar 1 month ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Help to identify caterpillar please. 1 month ago by triops triops
Re: Help to ID a caterpillar 1 month ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Identify green and white caterpillar with orange head 1 month ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Large caterpillar 2 months ago by samarie samarie
Re: Can anyone identify this black hairy caterpillar please? 2 months ago by JohnR JohnR
Re: Please can anybody identify this caterpilla 3 months ago by KF Camudgeon KF Camudgeon
Unknown larva 3 months ago by Dot Dot
Re: Can anyone help with this caterpillar found in marshy area, Isle of Arran? 3 months ago by Garret Garret
Re: Identify hairy caterpillar on honeysuckle help 3 months ago by Happy Days Happy Days
Re: need confirmation if this a sphinx moth catepillar 3 months ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Caterpillar & Possible Sawfly Larvae 3 months ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Can anybody identify this caterpillar? 4 months ago by triops triops
Re: Caterpillar 4 months ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Caterpillar 4 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Green caterpillar 5 months ago by Darwin\'s Bulldog Darwin\'s Bulldog
Re: Help with identifying caterpillars 5 months ago by flecc flecc
Re: Hairy Caterpillar on Sycamore Tree Trunk 6 months ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Yellow caterpillar 7 months ago by Pj99 Pj99
Re: Caterpillar? Friend or foe? 8 months ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Another hairy caterpillar 8 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Black caterpillar 8 months ago by JDB JDB
Re: Costa Rican caterpillar for ID please. 1 year ago by TORCROSS TORCROSS
Re: Caterpillar ID 1 year ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Can anyone identify this hairy caterpillar found in a Wiltshire garden 1 year ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: ID very long 72mm green caterpillar pretending to be a twig, Somerset 1 year ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi

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