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cat·er·pil·lar

(kat'er-pil'er),
The wormlike larval stage of a butterfly or a moth.
[M.E. catirpeller, fr. O.Fr. cate, cat, + pelose, hairy]

caterpillar

(kăt′ər-pĭl′ər, kăt′ə-)
n.
1. The wormlike larva of a butterfly or moth.
2. Any of various insect larvae similar to those of the butterfly or moth.

cat·er·pil·lar

(kat'ĕr-pil-ĕr)
The wormlike larval stage of a butterfly or a moth.
[M.E. catirpeller, fr. O.Fr. cate, cat, + pelose, hairy]

caterpillar

the larva of any butterfly or moth (Lepidoptera).

caterpillar

the larval stage of insects of the Lepidoptera family.

army caterpillar
caterpillar cell
Eastern tent caterpillar
(Malcosoma americanum) is the suspected cause of mare reproductive loss syndrome. Eggs overwinter on branches in large egg masses and hatch to form larvae that live as social insects in 'tents' from which they emerge to feed on leaves until approximately 2 inches in 4 to 6 weeks, after which they pupate to form a moth. Larvae (caterpillars) are hairy and black with a white stripe on the back and yellow stripes on the sides. Moths are red/brown with two diagonal stripes on each wing.
hairy caterpillar
see hairy caterpillars.
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But the wind, falling sticks, and insects that do not eat caterpillars might also wiggle the leaf.
Anyone who has ever observed it in nature knows how amazing it is when creepy crawly caterpillars transform into graceful butterflies.
In some places, that warmth has moved up the timing of a short-lived banquet of caterpillars, which adult flycatchers feed to their ravenous chicks.
Kenis has been sweating over ways to help keep caterpillars on the African menu, especially during the hungry months when food is scarce.
THE news that millions of caterpillars of the Mottled Umber Moth have invaded a 2.
The caterpillars are active from late spring to mid-autumn, while the cabbage moth has one generation, with caterpillars feeding from midsummer to early autumn.
According to Baldwin, "While we are happy to see birds, bees, and butterflies in our gardens, we are often not so happy to see caterpillars munching on our plants.
Scientists at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, recently fed monarch caterpillars milkweed plant leaves dusted with Bt-corn pollen, yellow powder that contains the plant's reproductive cells.
We have reassured them that the white nests are actually the tents made by eastern tent caterpillars, which are not a serious pest," said Virts.
These larvae of a small moth, newly named Hyposmocoma molluscivora, are the first mollusk-eating caterpillars that scientists have officially described, says Daniel Rubinoff of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
And those caterpillars will eat, grow, and then--presto change-o--more butterflies will appear
The adults stop, sip some nectar, then head off to find native plants where they can lay their eggs; those eggs develop into caterpillars that feed on the plants until they metamorphose into butterflies.