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Welcome to the Trans Pennine Trail

A national coast to coast route for recreation and transport – for walkers, cyclists and (in parts) horse riders

Welcome

A national coast to coast route for recreation and transport – for walkers, cyclists and (in parts) horse riders

Here’s all you need to know about Connor the Caterpillar

What I look like – Caterpillars come in various different colours, but we can also use our colouring as a warning system to tell how dangerous we may be to other species using danger colours of red, yellow and black.

We have 12 eyes, 6 legs and we move in a wave like motion to get from A to B.

Lifespan / Young / Body Facts – 3-4 weeks until in move in into my new home a cocoon.  Then after 4 weeks we emerge out of the cocoon into a beautiful butterfly.

What I eat – The majority of us caterpillars are herbivores, and eat mostly leaves, though some species eat all plant parts, fungi and dead animal matter, even other caterpillars. In short I eat  constantly

Where I live – You can find us almost everywhere from sandy beaches, meadows, and  mountain forests worldwide. There are even some of us  in some Arctic areas.

Other Facts – As caterpillars we use a silk thread from our silk glands to spin a protective cocoon. Inside the cocoon, the pupa goes through a process called metamorphosis.

The caterpillar’s six front legs transform into the adult insect’s legs, the other “prolegs” disappear, wings grow, and the insect emerges as a beautiful moth or butterfly.

Did you know we have over 4,000 muscles in our body !!.

Some of us  have very creative defence strategies such as the early instars of black swallowtails, look like bird droppings so that other predators wouldn’t be bothered to attack it.

A diagram of the Caterpillars life cycle –

Do you know what the difference between a Moth and a Butterfly is?

Butterflies are know to fly only in the daylight and Moths normally fly at night-time. Also One of the easiest ways to tell the difference between a butterfly and a moth is to look at the antennae. A butterfly’s antennae are club-shaped with a long shaft and a bulb at the end. A moth’s antennae are feathery or saw-edged.

 

 

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