About Munching Caterpillars

 How it all began…

What is Munching Caterpillars?

Munching Caterpillars is a Butterfly Conservation education campaign aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of butterflies, moths and their caterpillars among young people and their families. We do this by creating resources, suggesting ideas, giving advice and through running projects that involve lots of hands on opportunities. We encourage everyone to take simple measures to help butterflies and moths in their own gardens and school grounds.

Since we began back in 2012, our projects have reached more than 18,000 children! Our very first Munching Caterpillars Project ran from 2012 until 2015. Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund we were able to deliver a three year flagship project across Dorset and Somerset, delivering our unique hands on workshops in primary schools and at public and community events. Now our mission is to spread Munching Caterpillars across the country and for even more children to enjoy learning about these beautiful and important insects.

Please use our website to discover a Munching Caterpillars Project near you, or use our fantastic set of  resources to join our campaign to take small steps that will make a huge difference to butterflies and moths in your own garden or local green space.

Meet the Team...


Kate Merry (Senior Education Officer)

I grew up in the suburbs of London but trips to the local park with my Dad were all it took to get me hooked on wildlife. I was always conducting some sort of scientific study in my jam jar laboratory... Now I am lucky enough to live on the Somerset Levels, and the jam jars are no longer needed because it’s all right outside my front door! My all time favourite moth is the Lappet. It looks just like a cluster of dried oak leaves - beautiful. I had one in my moth trap one morning and took about a hundred photos! Here is one of them: Kate's caterpillar
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