How many different species of British caterpillar are there?
There are over 2,600 species of moths and butterflies in the British Isles. The caterpillars of this large family of insects known as Lepidoptera can vary greatly in size, colour, shape, pattern and behaviour. Even the number, position and type of legs can vary between species and features such as this can help with identification.
Caterpillar identification queries
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