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Caterpillars mostly eat plant material, but some eat insects. The caterpillars of clothes moths chew through fabric. When they first hatch, many caterpillars eat their own eggshells. Some species of caterpillars are cannibals.


Caterpillars live mostly in hedges and bushes. They can often be found in a garden or backyard, where they live on the underside of leaves of their host plants to hide from predators. Caterpillars are also found in dark places, like long grass.


Caterpillars get their start as eggs laid by other caterpillars on plants, according to About.com. Before caterpillars turn into butterflies they lay their eggs in appropriate locations to start the next generation.


The length of a caterpillar's life varies tremendously and depends upon its species, but most caterpillars stay in their larval stage for a few months before entering a cocoon. They then emerge from this pupae stage as moths or butterflies.


Caterpillars do sleep. During the daytime, they sleep on the underside of leaves. When they wake up, caterpillars eat the leaves they were sleeping on. They continue this process until they begin the metamorphosis period.


Identify a caterpillar by its main body color and any patterns it has, whether it has hair and how dense the hair is. It can also be identified by features such as lashes, head horns, tails, split tails or knobs. Other caterpillars can be identified by their spines or t...


A typical number of caterpillar legs is 16, but it varies depending on the stage and the type of caterpillar. All caterpillars have a pair of three true legs attached to the thorax.