I need some help with my caterpillar. I have two young caterpillars which hatched a while ago and I have one big one that doesn’t want to eat.

He/she stopped eating 5-6 days ago which I know because I always take the bad leaves out and put the new ones back in. Anyway there are no pieces of frass (excrement) or any bite marks. Sometimes I look for them and they will be under the soil and this started after they moulted. The little guy turned a darker colour then he/she turned back.

I'm wondering if the cap on its face is still on stopping them from eating or even losing their memory as I have heard that can happen. I'm really worried about it. I want to do whatever I can do about it and know what it is. Also he is too small to be turning into a butterfly.

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    A photo might help in judging whether there is a stuck cap or not.
    – JAD
    Jul 3 '18 at 8:52
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    Don't caterpillars turn into moths or butterflies at some point? Maybe he's preparing for this.
    – Shannon
    Aug 16 '20 at 1:33

I'm not familiar with this, but I think that you may be able to offer it a warmer environment, and some fresh leaves.

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