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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: Hairy caterpillar identification 1 week ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Does anybody know what this is please? 2 weeks ago by Orchidapillar Orchidapillar
CATERPILLARS CLIMBING UP THE WALL 2 weeks ago by Kim Kim
Re: Tiny caterpillar ID 3 weeks ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Caterpillar ID 3 weeks ago by TORCROSS TORCROSS
Re: what type of caterpillar is this please 1 month ago by lincolnlatic lincolnlatic
Re: Can anyone identify this? 1 month ago by lucy lucy
Re: Lime Hawk Moth hatching. 1 month ago by balky balky
Re: Large caterpillar 1 month ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Hi, Please can anyone identify this Caterpillar. 2 months ago by triops triops
Re: My little boy found a caterpillar on a windfall cooking apple please help identify 2 months ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Oak or Grass Eggar? Or other? 2 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: unidentified caterpillar 2 months ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Please can anyone identify this caterpillar 2 months ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Very pretty caterpillar. Can you tell me what it is? 3 months ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Red/Orange and Black Caterpillar ID 8 months ago by John John
Re: green caterpillar on a beach tree trunk 8 months ago by Sandymo Sandymo
Caterpillar identification please 9 months ago by Weevil62 Weevil62
Re: Can someone identify this caterpillar please, feeding on goat willow ? 10 months ago by Juless Juless
Re: Unidentified caterpillar ! 10 months ago by TORCROSS TORCROSS
Re: Is this a honeysuckle sawfly larvae? 10 months ago by TORCROSS TORCROSS
Re: Brightly coloured hairy caterpillar. 10 months ago by chronicfathead chronicfathead
Re: Big eyes horny caterpillars 10 months ago by hannie hannie
Re: Is this a Douglas Fir Tussock Moth Caterpillar? 11 months ago by Mealibug Mealibug
Re: hi can anyone help to identify 11 months ago by weevil87 weevil87
Re: Caterpillar ID please?? 11 months ago by weevil87 weevil87
Re: Hawk moth? 11 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Caterpillar id. required 11 months ago by weevil87 weevil87
Re: Help me identify this little guy! 1 year ago by weevil87 weevil87
Re: What should I feed this caterpillar? 1 year ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi

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