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Caterpillar Eating Leaf

The caterpillar is the larval stage of (the baby) of a butterfly or a moth. In a 14 to 21 days of lifetime, caterpillars are busy with eating foods. New buds and leaves of the plants are the favorite eating of this moth. They eat three times weight of their body weight.

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Description

Many of the Caterpillars are among the most serious of agricultural pests. In fact, many moth species are best known in their caterpillar stages because of the damage they cause to fruits and other agricultural produce, whereas the moths are obscure and do no direct harm. Conversely, various species of caterpillar are valued as sources of silk, as human or animal food, or for biological control of pest plants.

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The moth has soft bodies that can grow rapidly between mounts. Their size varies between species and instars from as small as 1 mm up to 14 cm. Only the head capsule is hardened. The mandibles are tough and sharp for chewing. Behind the mandibles of the caterpillar are the spinnerets, for manipulating silk. Antennae are present on either side of the labrum, but small and relatively inconspicuous.

Behavior

Some larvae of the Hymenoptera order (ants, bees and wasps) can appear like the caterpillars of the Lepidoptera. Such larvae are mainly seen in the sawfly suborder. However, while these larvae superficially resemble caterpillars, they can be distinguished by the presence of pro legs on every abdominal segment, an absence of crochets or hooks on the pro legs, one pair of prominent ocelli on the head capsule, and an absence of the upside-down Y-shaped suture on the front of the head.

Appearance

The appearance of a caterpillar can often repel a predator: its markings and certain body parts can make it seem poisonous, or bigger in size and thus threatening, or non-edible. Some types of caterpillars are indeed poisonous or distasteful and their bright coloring is aposematic.

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