Tracks and Sign





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.
caterpillar trail
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.


caterpillar tracks
A caterpillar trail through dust.
caterpillar trail
This caterpillar trail was found on a hiking trail.
caterpillar tracks
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.
caterpillar tracks
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.
caterpillar tracks in dust
The paired imprints left by the prolegs of this caterpillar are clearly seen in this photo.
caterpillar tracks in dust
Another beautifull caterpillar trail in fine dust.
caterpillar tracks in dust
The paired nature of the imprints from the caterpillar's prolegs is seen here easily.
caterpillar tracks under a
Two caterpillar trails in dust.
caterpillar tracks and sowbug
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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