A few sur­pris­ing facts about cater­pil­lars:

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A cater­pil­lar has only one job – to eat! They eat a huge amount for sev­eral weeks and will eat 27,000 times their body weight dur­ing this life phase. Cater­pil­lars can in­crease their body mass by as much as 1,000 times or more! When a cater­pil­lar egg, hatches from its it eats the eggshell. Mus­cle man! A cater­pil­lar has up to 4,000 mus­cles in its body (us hu­mans have around 629). Cater­pil­lars have 12 eyes but don’t have great eye­sight! Cater­pil­lars have only 6 real legs – the others are called which help them hold on and climb.

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