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22 Weird and Beautiful Caterpillars

The wonderful world of insects contains some of the most bizarre-looking creatures in existence and caterpillars are not an exception. Actually, a caterpillar is a young butterfly or moth that has just hatched out of its egg. Their look varies from scary to cute, but they always grab my attention when I find one in my garden.

Caterpillars are commonly found feeding on leaves, although some are cannibals, and others prey on caterpillars of other species. They often have been called “eating machines”, and grow very quickly; for instance, a tobacco hornworm will increase its weight ten-thousand-fold in less than twenty days.

Caterpillars are also incredible bodybuilders. They have about 4,000 muscles (compare humans, with 629) and no skeleton to sustain their shape. They are like tiny balloons inflated by their own blood moving through contraction of the muscles in the rear segments pushing the blood forward into the front segments elongating the torso.

While caterpillars may look harmless, its hair has been known to be a cause of human health problems. Sharp barbs on the end of Caterpillar hairs can get lodged in the eyes, and once they enter, they can be difficult to extract, often exacerbating the problem as they migrate across the membrane .This becomes a particular problem in an indoor setting with ventilation systems.

So much for the theory, now let’s move on to our beautiful collection of these alien looking caterpillars pictures.

#1

(Bamboos for: Jano De Cesare)

#2

(Bamboos for: Slomoz)

#3

(Bamboos for: PhantomClickr)

#4

(Bamboos for: rjdudley)

#5

(Bamboos for: Mr. Greenjeans)

#6

(Bamboos for: Mean and Pinchy)

#7

(Bamboos for: spiderman (Frank))

#8

(Bamboos for: Hudson)

#9

(Bamboos for: bayucca)

#10

(Bamboos for: cotinis)

The saddleback caterpillar which has a painful sting.

#11

(Bamboos for: nutmeg66)

#12

(Bamboos for: Lukjonis)

#13

(Bamboos for: teejaybee)

#14

(Bamboos for: raelb)

#15

(Bamboos for: Darius Bauzys)

#16

(Bamboos for: max_thinks_sees)

#17

(Bamboos for: Mean and Pinchy)

#18

(Bamboos for: shugyou)

#19

(Bamboos for: bionicteaching)

#20

(Bamboos for: M Hedin)

#21

(Bamboos for: Morti Riuuallon)

#22

(Bamboos for: Thrillseekr)

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  • Fyren

    These all look like the pure evil incarnate

  • http://www.vlothot.com alejo

    Great job, i like this work. Congratulations.

  • http://ryunoohi.deviantart.com/ Roketto

    OMG……#13 looks almost EXACTLY like Cell’s larval form. O_o0

  • Megan

    #12~ THE juiciest, greenest and most interesting!

  • david bowies labyrinth crotch

    is #12 waving its butt at the camera? Hussy!

  • Chris

    These things range from cute, to dangerous, to downright alien looking.

    But #4 is teh cutest.

  • Mike

    Can you link to what the caterpillars become?

    THat would be awsome

  • aY

    I really liked these, pictures of the evolutions would be great.

  • sushi

    wow…first time i’m not disgusted by the caterpillars except the one where it was held in the hand

  • lukc

    very nice pics

  • http://lockeshop.com nikolet

    incredible images….I want them all as pets

  • Emma C

    awwww numbers 4, 6 and fifteen were all really cute, and number 16 looks like a spiky train :L

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Zuanelle-Martinez/100002543597716 Zuanelle Martinez

    can u like write the names of all the catepillars not only the saddleback one……

  • Brittany

    number 4!

  • Cutiee♥

    ♥Aww I waant these as my pets ;*

  • Blastocyst

    thanks for giving us the names so we could research them in further detail…

  • adeline

    ugggggjhhhhhhhhhhhhh yuck, yuck, yuck!

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