Funny Cape Lappet caterpillars.

Cape lapwing is the term used for the caterpillar stage of the Cape lapwing moth (Gastropacha quercifolia). This species belongs to the family Lasiocampidae, which is commonly known as the lapwing moths. The cape lapwing moth is native to Europe and is found in various countries including the UK, France, Germany and Italy.

The cape moth caterpillar is known for its distinctive appearance and behavior. It has a stout body covered with dense hairs that give it a fluffy or woolly appearance. The coloration of the caterpillar can vary, but is usually brown or gray with darker markings. The body of the caterpillar is segmented and has several pairs of pronghorns, fleshy appendages used for locomotion.

One of the most notable features of the caterpillars of the Cape leafhopper is the ability to extend two long forked appendages from the headpart. These appendages are called “footpads” and give the butterfly its common name. Depending on the caterpillar’s behavior, these appendages can be raised or lowered. When threatened or disturbed, the caterpillar raises the lapwing appendages in a defensive posture, making it larger and more intimidating to potential predators.

The Cape leafhopper caterpillar feeds on a variety of deciduous trees and shrubs, including oak (Quercus), birch (Betula), willow (Salix), and hawthorn (Crataegus). It has chewing mouthparts that allow it to feed on leaves and other plant material.

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