Caterpillars are some of the most fascinating creatures around.
While many of us know little more about these colorful critters than what we learned in The Hungry Caterpillar as kids, they are often a source of intrigue.
What are they? Why do they comes in so many different varieties? Why are some hairy and why are others not?
The fact that caterpillars eventually turn into butterflies and moths makes them all the more fascinating.
As the children’s storybook makes no bones about, Caterpillars are often voracious eaters, and are the bane of many gardeners’ and farmers’ lives.
As a result, they have often become the target of pesticide control efforts to keep them at bay. But amazingly, as a result many have since become themselves resistant to the chemicals used to keep their numbers down.
They are after all, like all animals, an important part of our ecosystem and Mother Nature often seems to know best when we try to disturb the planet’s fine balance.