22 images showing the weirdness and natural beauty of caterpillars

Caterpillars can be just a beautiful and weirdly intricate as the butterflies or moths that they’ll eventually become.  During the course of their metamorphosis, they play an important role in a garden’s ecosystem. Some species are used as sources of silk, human and animal food, and even as a biological defence against pests.   Their look is an amazing work of evolution and some are able to blend in perfectly within their surroundings.

Here are 22 images showcasing their natural beauty.