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The Ultimate Caterpillar Quiz
by Staff
Caterpillars live an interesting life -- their sole purpose is to consume as much food as they can, before they turn into butterflies or moths. It works for them. Take our quiz and learn more about how the caterpillar works.

What does a caterpillar do with its eggshell?

  • It eats it.
  • It uses it as a shelter.
  • It abandons it.

What does the corn earworm eat?

  • butterfly eggs
  • tobacco plants
  • coffee and cocoa beans

How many sections do caterpillars, moths and butterflies have in their bodies?

  • one
  • two
  • three

What is a butterfly's body adapted for doing?

  • eating
  • growing
  • reproducing

How does a caterpillar start off life as?

  • an egg
  • a chrysalis
  • a pupa

How many times does a caterpillar molt?

  • three times
  • four times
  • five times

What happens to the caterpillar when it forms a chrysalis?

  • It pupates.
  • It hibernates.
  • It turns the food it has eaten into fuel.

How many legs does a caterpillar have?

  • four
  • five
  • six

How does the geometer moth move about?

  • It crawls.
  • It moves in little arches.
  • It hops.

Through what does the caterpillar breathe?

  • spiracles
  • antennae
  • setae

With what do caterpillars produce silk?

  • pheromones
  • spinnerets
  • osmeterium

Which of these caterpillars are carnivores?

  • Norape avina
  • Sibine stimulea
  • Liphyra brassolis

Why does the silver-spotted skipper launch its waste into the air?

  • It is an exceptionally clean animal.
  • Its waste contains toxins.
  • To prevent predators from tracking it down.

Why do solitary caterpillars spin silk?

  • To catch themselves if they fall.
  • To catch prey.
  • To eat.

What do gregarious caterpillars use silk for?

  • as a source of food
  • as a shelter
  • as a means of developing social interaction

What is a disadvantage of being a gregarious caterpillar?

  • You have to compete with your siblings for food.
  • You are more susceptible to being preyed on.
  • You are at risk of cannibalism.

What is the hook with which the caterpillar attaches itself to a leaf called?

  • an eclose
  • a cocoon
  • a cremaster

Inside the chrysalis, what does a caterpillar's body break itself down into?

  • waste matter
  • imaginal cells
  • prokaryotic cells

What is a caterpillar's process of complete metamorphosis known as?

  • transformetabolism
  • homeostasis
  • holometabolism

What do silkworms feed on?

  • mulberry leaves
  • eucalyptus leaves
  • milkweed