Places you can find a caterpillar

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You’ll need a caterpillar to complete number 38 on our list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾: bring up a butterfly. Butterfly caterpillars can be tricky to find so don't worry if your caterpillar is a moth caterpillar instead.

You can usually find caterpillars in wild gardens and meadows. Here are some of our favourite caterpillar-hunting grounds:

  • There are lots of wildflowers and woodlands around the Penshaw Monument, County Durham, so this is likely to be a good spot for finding caterpillars.
  • The Weir, in Herefordshire, has a very natural garden and is normally home to lots of caterpillars and butterflies.
  • Purbeck, in Dorset, is home to lots of caterpillars in spring and summer, especially on the coast.
  • Knightshayes, in Devon, have a wild meadow and kitchen garden which are both the perfect habitat for caterpillars. Please be careful where you tread in the meadow as this space is home to lots of plants and little creatures.
  • Code-y-Bwnydd woodland is very near to Clytha House, in Monmouthshire, and is a great place to find caterpillars and other wildlife.
  • In the walled garden at Beningbrough Hall, Yorkshire, there are lots of caterpillars and butterflies. If children are careful they are welcome to adopt a caterpillar from here.

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