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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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CHANGING FACE Far left, the Caterpillar tracks going from 1972 when there was just a single huge factory to 2010 below, which shows the scale of development as dozens of other units were built to support the main base.
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