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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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There's nowhere to put a grand piano, even if I could afford one, because my spare room is a midden of bits of wood, empty CD cases, dolls made out of wooden spoons (a present from Romania, don't ask), old trainers, Elvis Viewmasters, undeveloped film, crockery and small strips of sticky-backed Velcro, which seem to be breeding like an army of hairy caterpillars, even though I've no idea what they're for.
She writes: The leaves of my cherry tree are being eaten by masses of hairy caterpillars with brightly-coloured strips.
Reasons for its decline could include loss of habitat including hedgerows, use of pesticides killing off hairy caterpillars, cold springs and global warming - although no specific studies have yet been undertaken.
He writes: I have found hairy caterpillars spinning webs in among the leaves of my cherry trees.
The bird occupies a wide variety of habitats throughout Wales, generally close to suitable species that act as surrogate parents and supplies of its favourite food - hairy caterpillars.
SUPER hairy caterpillars which cause breathing trouble and nasty rashes are on the march.