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Saturday, 8 February 2014


Caterpillar means "hairy cat" in Old French.

The average caterpillar has sixteen legs.

Caterpillars have as many as 4,000 muscles — humans only have 629.

The average garden variety caterpillar has 248 muscles in its head.

Caterpillars literally melt down into a sac of fluid cells which are used to create the entire body of a butterfly from scratch.

In 2008, research showed that some moths can remember things they learnt as caterpillars

The berry butterflies (hypsa monycha) of Singapore, in their caterpillar stage, group around the top of a stem to foil predatory birds by imitating the appearance of a poisonous berry.

A caterpillar grows roughly 27,000 times its size when it first emerges as an egg.

There is a certain type of Hawk Moth caterpillar from Brazil that inflates its thorax, which makes its head look like a head of a snake when it feels it is in danger or alarmed.

A mature oak tree can have as many as 400,000 caterpillars living it.

The silkworm is not a worm – it is a caterpillar.

A silkworm caterpillar can eat up to 86,000 times its own body weight, around three grams, in less than two months.

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