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    Violet
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    I found a caterpillar today

    Post  Violet on Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:16 am

    I was tidying the garden it may have been amongst the leaves, do they hibernate? I thought it was dead but it moved.



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    Re: I found a caterpillar today

    Post  feather on Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:36 am

    Hi Violet. The caterpillar stage is the in between stage of moths and butterfly. The ones I've seen here don't hibernate. They just hatch.. eat... eat.. eat... and form a crystalis and then hatch into a butterfly or moth.
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    Re: I found a caterpillar today

    Post  Topaz on Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:52 am

    Yes, some species of moth and butterfly do hibernate as caterpillars
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    Re: I found a caterpillar today

    Post  Deepwaters on Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:17 pm

    I didn't know that. Don't they freeze if they're just under a leaf?
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    Post  Topaz on Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:59 pm

    Deepwaters wrote:I didn't know that. Don't they freeze if they're just under a leaf?

    They're clever little things. They find a place that is protected from the worst of the weather, like under a pile of leaves. We quite often get butterflies in the shed in spring, as the caterpillars have crawled in and over wintered there. I have to keep an eye out for them or the shed dwelling spiders have them for lunch.
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    Re: I found a caterpillar today

    Post  Deepwaters on Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:24 pm

    It's a whole new world out there!
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    Re: I found a caterpillar today

    Post  Violet on Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:27 pm

    Yes I thought they's freeze to death in the winter, even tucked under leaves, I wasn't sure what stage they hibernated at as I saw a documentary once by the lovely David Attenborough about the butterflies who hibernate as butterflies, they must all have different sleep arrangements for different climates and breeds.



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