Q&A: Does this caterpillar turn into a butterfly?

Q. I had some lovely little green caterpillars devouring my petunias, which my 7-year-old son and I "hunted" and "captured" as we watered and dead-headed our flowers. Full Story
Darla

Bellflower, CA

#1 May 17, 2008
Green caterpillars have taken over my potted lavender plant. 3 days ago it was healthy & today it is half brown & covered in white gunk with green caterpillars hatching on it! Can it be saved or do I toss it? I am afraid it will spread across the patio to my other plants. What kills these & how do I prevent them (where did they come from)? I sprayed it with the little bit of organic pest spray i had & soap & water. I need something safe for animals, birds & bees but need to get this under control ASAP!
Glader

Singapore, Singapore

#2 May 22, 2008
I caught two caterpillars on my plant. They are Green in color(everywhere) and it has a black thing sticking out at the back. There are more than 5 on my plant. I am wondering if these caterpillars grow into a butterfly and if it does, I would catch more but if it grows into moths,it will be a disaster.I would be glad if you would tell me the answer
nicky

Astoria, NY

#3 May 27, 2008
it will turn to a moth
alii

Kirkland, WA

#4 Jun 17, 2008
my caterpiller is fuzzy and it is yellow orange and black
Jerry

Portland, OR

#5 Sep 9, 2008
It is fascinating how a caterpillar can turn into a butterfly, it seems to be similar of my "born again experience"
Caterpillar Expert

Washington, DC

#6 Sep 28, 2008
They will turn into butterflies-from your description, I think that they are Cabbage White caterpillars!(They feed on vegtables such as cabbage, carrots, etc.)
jimmy

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Nov 1, 2008
me too. what will it turn in to
caitlin

Auckland, New Zealand

#8 Dec 24, 2011
I have some very small caterpillars they are a light green on the top of their body but then on the under naesth part of their body they are slightly darker colour they came of a kowhai tree but im not sure wether they will turn into a butterfly or a moth i will keep them either way to keep them safe but i just want to know what to look forward to.
faithful1

Steamboat Springs, CO

#9 May 9, 2012
I was playing explorers in my backyard with my blrothers and I picked a flower off the tree. It had a caterpillar on it. This cateerpillar is little and green. When in a normal position, it is about 3/4 of an inch. When he's stretched out, he is about 2 inches. If you can tell me what kind of caterpillar he is, I'd be thankful. He also poops a lot!!!
Emily

West Palm Beach, FL

#10 May 29, 2012
I was out side watering my garden when I saw my tomato plant being eaten by this moving creature I got my brother and he caught it I went on google and found out that that they turn into BUTTERFLYS!!!!
Emily

West Palm Beach, FL

#11 May 29, 2012
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh that catipiller keeps eating everything In sight!

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#12 May 31, 2012
Darla wrote:
Green caterpillars have taken over my potted lavender plant. 3 days ago it was healthy & today it is half brown & covered in white gunk with green caterpillars hatching on it! Can it be saved or do I toss it? I am afraid it will spread across the patio to my other plants. What kills these & how do I prevent them (where did they come from)? I sprayed it with the little bit of organic pest spray i had & soap & water. I need something safe for animals, birds & bees but need to get this under control ASAP!
Burn it.

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