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If you think about it, caterpillars really have mastered the art of beauty sleep. On a related note, they have been called “eating machines”, and eat leaves voraciously. Most species shed their skin four or five times as their bodies grow, and they eventually pupate into an adult form as a butterfly. Caterpillars grow very quickly; for instance, a tobacco hornworm will increase its weight ten-thousandfold in less than twenty days. Continue reading for more.