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Pollen from Syngenta’s genetically modified BT176 corn, no longer sold in the U.S., was shown to kill caterpillars of the European Swallowtail butterfly.
There’s no more drought, the summer has been mild and the leaves — largely spared by marauding gypsy moth caterpillars — look healthy.
Not yucca moths: because their caterpillars depend on the continued existence of Joshua trees and their tasty seeds, the yucca moth’s pollination is an active act of survival.
Both the plucky Dorothy (Breea Hayes) and the charming Alice (Skylar Christensen) turn in fine performances, while elder actresses Kip Hogan as the bumbling wizard and Lorraine Winslow as a bubble-blowing caterpillar add needed dimension.
Many of them provide sustenance to the caterpillars of butterflies and other pollinators.
Will a caterpillar move from one defended plant to its neighbor before cannibalizing?
The Glyptapanteles wasp goes even further, turning its caterpillar offerings into zombie bodyguards that protect the young wasps that have just eaten their way out of the caterpillars’ tissues.
An installation by Alena Kogan exploited a gaping hole between two floors: an angular white cocoon dipped from one level down into the next, as if a huge caterpillar had taken up residence in the industrial ruins.
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Origin and Etymology of caterpillar
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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CATERPILLAR Defined for English Language Learners
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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