As a caterpillar, I’ve got a lot of work to do! Mainly, I eat a lot. In fact, I’ll eat up to 27,000 times my weight! And like many other caterpillars, I can only eat one type of plant. So there needs to be a lot of that one plant around.
Think about that for a minute: if only one plant disappeared from the earth, I’d no longer survive. That’s how it is here on this planet – plants, caterpillars, butterflies and humans all depend upon one another to live.
So, back to my main job, eating. I must store up a lot of energy before metamorphosis can happen, so I need some serious equipment for eating.
My jaws, called “mandibles,” are strong eating machines – for the simple reason that munching is my life!
I need to crawl to eat. Straight along, and up and down. So I’ve got sixteen legs – six for moving me around and the other ten for grabbing those leaves.
I have twelve eyes, and I can only see light and dark. And that’s good enough since all I really need to see is my food source.
Thanks for visiting me in this life. It was simple and good. Now check out the next one…