Caterpillar feeding

Title Info
Common name Caterillar
Scientific name Lepidoptera
Taxonomic group Insecta
Level Order
Source Dan L. Perlman
Nutrient cycles Carbon
Ecological interactions Herbivory
Organisms Animals
Animals Insects
Date 1985
Location Costa Rica,North America

Caterpillar feeding on leaf, Costa Rica. Tropical rainforests contain vast quantities of plant matter, much of it in the form of leaves. They also contain vast numbers of herbivores trying to eat those leaves. Plants have evolved a range of methods to avoid herbivory, including gummy saps, hairs, tough leaves, and chemical defenses. This caterpillar, however, has not been deterred from eating this particular leaf.