Frequently Asked Questions about
Don Herbison-Evans,
Stella Crossley

The questions we answer here are :

  • How do I care for my Caterpillar?
  • What should I plant to make a Butterfly Garden?
  • Where can I buy Butterflies and Caterpillars?
  • What is a Caterpillar?
  • Why use the difficult scientific names for species?
  • What do technical terms like thorax, termen, etc, mean?
  • Can some Caterpillars spit venom?
  • Why are all these caterpillars invading my house??
  • What is the Caterpillar that is eating my plants?
  • How has this caterpillar stung me?
  • What is the difference between a moth and a butterfly?
  • Why are the antennae of moths and butterflies different?
  • Can one tell the difference between the Caterpillar of a moth and that of a butterfly?
  • What is the biggest Australian butterfly/moth/caterpillar?
  • How do Caterpillars walk?
  • How many legs do Caterpillars have?
  • How many eyes do Caterpillars have?
  • How do Caterpillars breath?
  • Can Caterpillars hear?
  • Do Caterpillars drink?
  • Can moths and butterflies eat?
  • Do Caterpillars have sex?
  • How do I tell the sex of a Caterpillar / Butterfly / Moth?
  • Sometimes my Caterpillar wriggles almost frantically. Is this normal?
  • What is the difference between a cocoon and a chrysalis?
  • When will the butterfly or moth emerge from its chrysalis?
  • My Caterpillar has spun a cocoon and is lying motionless inside it. Is he dead?
  • Which species of caterpillars and moths are pests?
  • How do I get rid of Caterpillar pests?
  • How long do Caterpillars live?
  • How long do butterflies and moths live?
  • My Caterpillar is arching back and staying motionless. Is he alright?
  • How should I go about photographing and setting butterflies and moths?
  • Where have all the caterpillars and moths gone?
  • White grubs came out of my caterpillar or pupa, and have formed cocoons or pupae. What is going on?
  • How can I identify a moth or butterfly?
  • Are any Australian Caterpillars carnivorous?
  • Why do Caterpillars spin silk?
  • My Caterpillar has fallen off its twig and looks sick. What is wrong with it?
  • Do any Caterpillars eat dung?
  • Are there any Australian moths that cannot fly?


    Link to Australian Butterflies and Moths on Australian Stamps

    Link to Australian Butterflies on Overseas Stamps

    Link to Australian Moths on Overseas Stamps

    Australian Butterflies
    Australian Moths

    (updated 24 March 2011, 6 March 2018)