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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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Because caterpillar-associated rash outbreaks had occurred in previous years, the school nurse was asked about potential exposure to caterpillars or other environmental factors that could cause contact dermatitis among the children, but none were reported.
When infected with the virus, the caterpillars become climbers, scaling the tree on which they live.
Thousands of caterpillars in the Netherlands spun a giant cocoon that coated everything nearby, including the car, trees, and even the street.
Anyone who has ever observed it in nature knows how amazing it is when creepy crawly caterpillars transform into graceful butterflies.
Kenis has been sweating over ways to help keep caterpillars on the African menu, especially during the hungry months when food is scarce.
News that millions of Mottled Umber Moth caterpillars have stripped woodland in Yorkshire of shoots and leaves, will leave many gardeners reaching for the spray gun.
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.