|Caterpillars are lighweight creatures, so they leave very fine tracks. You need some soft soil to see them well. Caterpillars are larvae of moths and butterflies.|
|This photo shows the trail of a caterpillar nearest the ruler at top. The trail in the lower left corner is that of a sowbug.|
|A caterpillar trail through dust.|
|This caterpillar trail was found on a hiking trail.|
|A faint track in dust. Invertebrates in general are small creatures, so their trails are very light and often are blown away easily by winds.|
|Notice how the imprints consist of paired "feet" moving along this trail? This is because the tracks you see are those left by the very last pair of appendages on the caterpillar. The tracks of the other "feet" are walked over and erased as the creature moves forward. The last pair appendages are called prolegs.|
|The paired imprints left by the prolegs of this caterpillar are clearly seen in this photo.|
|Another beautifull caterpillar trail in fine dust.|
|The paired nature of the imprints from the caterpillar's prolegs is seen here easily.|
|Two caterpillar trails in dust.|
|The trail in the middle is from a caterpillar. The tracks on the bottom of the photo are from a sowbug.|
|What some caterpillars eventually become!|
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