Prior to becoming moths and butterflies, these beautiful creatures go through the larval stage as caterpillars. They have segmented bodies made up of three thoracic segments, each of which has three pair of legs.
Caterpillars also have four pairs of prolegs on their abdomen, and sometimes another pair of prolegs on the last abdominal segment.
They eat a lot of leaves and plant parts, and they breathe by making use of small openings on their thorax and abdomen. The use each of their 4,000 muscles to move, and often use wild coloring to blend in with the animals they feed on.