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prolegs

the false legs present on the anterior part of the abdomen of caterpillars in the form of stumpy, jointless appendages.
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The abdomen has 10 segments, with a pair of prolegs on segments 3, 4, 5, 6, and 10.
Prolegs of the abdominal segments have crochets arranged in a circle, uniserial, and incipiently biordinal with 22 to 34 crochets.
* The prolegs help them hold on to a plant and climb it.
Unlike the bouncing gaits of animals with stiff skeletons or the legless crawling of most worms and molluscs, caterpillar locomotion uses both hydrostatics and powerful abdominal appendages (the prolegs).
Prolegs with crochets uniordinal in an incomplete circle (in a few specimens circle appears complete or in transverse bands); A1, A2, and A7 segments with ventral proleg-like protuberances without crochets.
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It usually has 5 other pairs of legs, called prolegs. Caterpillars see using 10 to 12 tiny eyes called ocelli.
Those fat pads clutching the stem are false legs called prolegs. They hold on with the help of hooks.
Caterpillars typically have three pairs of true legs on the thorax, just behind the head, and five pairs of prolegs on abdominal segments 3, 4, 5, 6, and 10.
The eruciform larvae bear 2 pairs of prolegs on the fifth and sixth abdominal segments apart from 3 pairs of thoracic legs (Eichlin 1975).
Prolegs with heteroideus crochets in a mesoseries, distal lobe with 10 big hooks in the middle and many little hooks in both sides.
In the larva, APRMs in segments A3 to A6 retract the prolegs and are thus locomotory.