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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]
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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.
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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]
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caterpillar

the larva of any butterfly or moth (Lepidoptera).
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
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Both methods of analysis indicate modest genetic structure and high rates of gene flow at macrogeographic scales in eastern tent caterpillar populations for virtually all of the loci analyzed.
This study of eastern tent caterpillar macrogeographic population structure, together with earlier work on the microgeographic population structure of this species (Costa and Ross 1993), provides one of the most comprehensive analyses of hierarchical population-genetic structure for an insect, encompassing spatial levels from family units to a large portion of the species' range.
These expectations make the observed lack of structure (and inferred high rates of gene flow) in eastern tent caterpillar populations all the more striking and raise questions bearing on the experiential relationship between these organisms and their environment.
Nine risk factors were identified by the study, and four were deemed significant: topical use of an insecticide, the presence of Eastern Tent caterpillars, the presence of MRLS and increased illnesses.
Wilted cherry leaves also attract eastern tent caterpillars, which were especially abundant in central Kentucky this spring.

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