The larval foods of butterflies (also known as caterpillars) vary among different species, and depend on the specific plants that the larvae are able to eat.

Most species of butterflies lay their eggs on or near plants that will provide food for the developing larvae. The plants chosen by the female may vary depending on the species of butterfly and the availability of suitable plants.

The larvae (caterpillars) hatch from the eggs and begin feeding on the surrounding plant material. The type of plant material that the caterpillars are able to eat depends on their digestive system and their mandibles (jaws). Some species of caterpillars are specialist feeders, and can only eat a narrow range of plant species, while others are generalist feeders and can eat a wide variety of plant material.

Some common plants that are eaten by caterpillars include grasses, trees, shrubs, herbs, and flowers. The nutritional requirements of caterpillars vary among different species, and may include specific nutrients, such as proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids.

Caterpillars undergo several stages of growth, and will molt (shed their exoskeleton) several times as they grow. When they are fully grown, the caterpillars will pupate (form a pupa or chrysalis), inside which they will undergo metamorphosis and emerge as adult butterflies.

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