Caterpillars are the larvae of butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera). They are not everybody`s cup of tea. You either hate them or love them…most people I know just cant stand them. But they are built the way they are for a reason. Most caterpillars are built structurally as “eating machines”, which chomp down leaves from one end, digest them and defecate at the other end. In addition to this, they have specialized adaptations for protection against predators. These adaptations include camouflage, mimicry, protective coloration, toxicity and other structural adaptations such as hair and spines. Featured below are 10 examples of caterpillars which showcases the diversity of their adaptations.
Hope that wasn't too hard to watch for the squeamish amongst you! Do pass this on to make other people squirm too!
PS. I was only able to confirm the following IDs. Any help ID ing the remaining would be appreciated.
6. Monkey Puzzle Butterfly
7. Common Emigrant Butterfly
10. Common Baron Butterfly