The young Slug Caterpillar Moth is fascinating to look at, breaking the mold for caterpillars everywhere.
The larval form of the Slug Caterpillar Moth is unlike the typical, tubular caterpillar. Its flattened body is oddly shaped, almost giving it the appearance of a chubby leaf. It is still slow moving, like ordinary caterpillars, but it has a few suckers instead of legs and feet. Those suckers make it possible to travel on the under-side of leaves. Like a typical slug, it glides along, feeding on the leaves of a variety of plants. It can be found in a variety of habitats. Some species have stinging bristles, or hairs, on the caterpillar. People may be allergic to them. This defensive adaptation protects it from being bothered by humans, but it was intended to deter avian and insect predators.
The adult moth is somewhat interesting. Most are brown and may have residual green or white markings on them. The adult is nocturnal and does not eat. It spends all its energy trying to reproduce instead.
Scientific Name: Various spp.
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 30mm (0.39in to 1.17in)
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.