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Related Category: Zoology: Invertebrates
(kt´pl´´r, kt´r-), common name for the larva of a moth or butterfly. Caterpillars have distinct heads and are segmented and wormlike.

Insect. Butterflies and moths spend their childhood as caterpillars, called the larval stage. Caterpillars eat constantly. They outgrow their skin and shed it several times.

Caterpillars have long segmented bodies with legs. They do not breathe through their mouths, but through a series of small tubules along the sides of their thorax and abdomen.

Caterpillars have a segmented body consisting of a head, a thorax (with three pairs of jointed legs with hooks), and an abdomen (usually with five pairs of stumpy prolegs). Its primary function is to eat and grow in preparation for pupating.

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'Tent caterpillar' is not technically a species but a common name for a collection of species.
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Forest Tent Caterpillar
Malacosoma disstria - Order Lepidoptera
HOSTS: Sugar maple, birch, oak, aspen and other deciduous.

Caterpillar Hosts: Oxytheca and Eriogonum species in the buckwheat family (Polygonaceae).
Adult Food: Flower nectar, usually that of the caterpillar hosts.
Habitat: Deserts, edges of dry desert lakes, stream edges in foothills.

This species is unmistakable within its range, with bright yellow wings marked with small brown patches along the costa of the forewing and a small brown-edged white stigma, also on the forewing. The wingspan is 33-46 mm.

Caterpillars are naked and up to 45 mm long (41). In the last two of the four instars they are green with black transversal bands carrying 6 rows of reddish spots. Young caterpillars look like bird droppings which is a good camouflage.

Caterpillar on Zizia.
Carroll Co., VA 6/14/03.
Caterpillars are more often seen than adults. They seemingly appear spontaneously on plants in the carrot family (Umbelliferae or Apiaceae) such as fennel and parsley.

Caterpillars feed on milkweeds that contain poisons that are distasteful to birds and other predators.

Caterpillars and other insects such as beetles and ants form the major part of the Cuckoo's diet.

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Caterpillars feed on willows (Salix) or cottonwoods (Populus), including aspens. The caterpillars may also be found on ocean spray (Holodiscus), chokecherry (Prunus) or serviceberry (Amelanchier).

Caterpillars shed their skin as they grow, then form a chrysalis and change into a butterfly
The fastest butterflies are the skippers, which can fly at 37 miles per hour, but most butterflies travel at 5 to 12 miles per hour.
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Caterpillars copy each other's color patterns for survival.
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Caterpillars feed on the leaves of the milkweed plant (Genus Asclepias). Adults feed on the nectar of flowers.
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Caterpillars, fruits, insects, spiders, and nectar.
Nesting FactsClutch Size2-7 eggsEgg DescriptionPale bluish or grayish white, sometimes with purplish tint, splotched and scrolled with a few to many fine, purplish brown lines.

Caterpillar continued waving its head in front of frog until it gets eaten.
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The caterpillars of Regals, as is true of most fritillaries, eat only violets. In particular, Regals prefer the Birdsfoot Violet (Viola pedata) and Prairie Violet (Viola pedatifida). The eggs are laid in late summer.

The caterpillars of the Humming-bird Hawk-moth feed on Lady's Bedstraw, Hedge Bedstraw and Wild Madder.

The caterpillars of these two species are not vegetarians. The caterpillar of the White-shouldered House Moth to the left eats wool, while the caterpillar of the Dun-bar to the right is a hunter.

Wasp Caterpillar Cocoon
Red Wasp
A flying insect with a furry body that makes a buzzing sound as it flies. Some species of bees have stingers, and some live in hives and produce honey.
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Each caterpillar then leaves the milkweed plant and crawls up to 40 feet away to a safe place where it enters the pupa, or chrysalis, stage of metamorphosis.

Diet: Caterpillars, beetles, earthworms, slugs, and snails.
Territory: Hedgehogs roam 1-2 miles in search of food.
Lifespan: Can live 5-6 years.

The baby caterpillars eat milkweed, a plant that is poisonous to other creatures. Adult monarchs sip nectar from flowers for food.
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Insects, caterpillars, seeds and nuts.
Estimated numbers
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Food: caterpillars will only eat the foliage of a group of plants called umbellifers - a group that includes carrot, fennel and angelica, but they show a marked preference for milk parsley. Adults feed on nectar from a variety of flowers.

Esp hairy caterpillars, also few bird eggs, frogs, lizards; berries, fruit. Young fed insect regurgitant.

Diet: Caterpillars feed on leaves throughout the summer. The adult moths don’t eat at all.

Life Cycle Caterpillar, to 5/8" (16 mm), deep green with purple back stripes and parallel black and yellow side stripes; uniquely among our pierids, feeds on weedy composites, such as sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale), bur marigold (Bidens pilosa), ...

See also: See also: Beetle, Spider, Perch, Snake, Fly

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