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  • No, some caterpillars turn to moths, and some are not meant to change at all (i.e. tent caterpillars).
  • No, not all caterpillars turn into butterflies. Some caterpillars are parasitized by braconid wasps, which lay an egg inside the body of its host. The egg hatches and the larva, using various means to escape detection by the caterpillar's immune system, begins to strategically consume it from the inside out. It nibbles away at parts of the caterpillar's body and manages to keep it alive long enough for the wasp to mature, whereupon it either pupates within or bursts out of the now-dead caterpillar and pupates beside it. After the wasp emerges from the pupa, it goes off in search of a mate and repeats the whole process. Trichogrammatid wasps, which parasitize over 200 species of moths and butterflies, lay an egg within a recently-laid host egg and a process similar to that of the braconid takes place.
  • Assuming they all live, no. Some turn into moths. :-)
  • No, not all caterpillars turn into butterflies. Some caterpillars are parasitized by braconid wasps, which lay an egg inside the body of its host. The egg hatches and the larva, using various means to escape detection by the caterpillar's immune system, begins to strategically consume it from the inside out. It nibbles away at parts of the caterpillar's body and manages to keep it alive long enough for the wasp to mature, whereupon it either pupates within or bursts out of the now-dead caterpillar and pupates beside it. After the wasp emerges from the pupa, it goes off in search of a mate and repeats the whole process. Trichogrammatid wasps, which parasitize over 200 species of moths and butterflies, lay an egg within a recently-laid host egg and a process similar to that of the braconid takes place.
  • Well, a caterpillar is the name given to the larval state of either a moth or a butterfly, so technically, all caterpillars turn into butterflies. However, as many have said, plenty of caterpillars fall victim to predators. But technically, yes, a caterpillar's job is to be a butterfly or moth. There might be some slight exceptions. A certain caterpillar, although I forget the name, lives in packs...in about 300 hundred caterpillars, maybe about seven to ten of these will end up as butterflies...this is quite odd, as the rest of these caterpillars basically spend their short lives walking in circles until they die. Strange but true.
  • No, they turn into mush under my stiletto boots.

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