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Wonderful Wacky Water Critters

Pyralid Moth or Caterpillar

A few species of moths have caterpillars that live in the water. These aquatic caterpillars look very similar to land loving caterpillars. They hide from enemies by either building a silk-lined case sandwiched between two pieces of leaves, or by weaving a thick web of silk over small pits in rocks. Aquatic caterpillars feed on a variety of plants and breathe both through their skin and with gills. The young caterpillar will change into a pupa and then into a small, brownish gray moth.

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