Recent Examples of caterpillar from the Web
Interestingly, fire ants are effective predatory insects that can help keep down populations of insects that attack and damage our vegetables, such as caterpillars.
The show’s signal work is Laura Owens’ untitled nature video, playing on a loop, where a snail stares down a locust in a garden while a caterpillar cavorts nearby.
Even the very beautiful giant leopard moth’s bristly caterpillar feeds on this plant, probably sequestering the plant’s toxins for its own protection.
The WntA seems to lay the groundwork for the designs of the wings in the cocoon while the butterflies are still caterpillars.
His plantings included several varieties of milkweed, the preferred food of monarch caterpillars.
Vividly striped caterpillars feeding on parsley, carrots, Queen Anne’s lace or dill transform to black swallowtail butterflies after metamorphosis.
White caterpillars were plentiful last fall, which should have signaled a high amount of snowfall, but that never happened.
Year-round, mournful dusky-wings are common; their caterpillars eat oak leaves.
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Origin and Etymology of caterpillar
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of caterpillar for English Language Learners
: a small creature that is like a worm with many legs and that changes to become a butterfly or moth
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