[[Caterpillar (disambiguation)|Caterpillars]] are Nightmares of [[Polokus]]. Two distinct types of caterpillar are known to exist: The big ones and
the [[Baby caterpillar|small ones]].
The body of the caterpillars are composed of multiple segments joined together in a line, like [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caterpillar their real-world counterparts]. Those segments appear as round puffs of darkness. On their head, they have malevolent-looking yellow eyes.
Caterpillars often move in swarms; each caterpillar has a unique route which it patrols endlessly, unless it catches sight of an intruder. They move by crawling and leaping. They produce strange sounds, similar to the hissings of a snake. They attack [[Rayman]] by jumping on him, but they cannot survive a single [[shot]] from his [[magic fist]].
Caterpillars are sometimes found emerging from cracks in stone walls or floors; in these cases, any caterpillar killed by [[Rayman]] is quickly replaced by another.
==In ''[[Rayman 2]]''==
[[Rayman]] confronts them in [[the Fairy Glade]], in [[the Cave of Bad Dreams]], in [[the Sanctuary of Stone and Fire]], in [[the Sanctuary of Rock and Lava]] and [[beneath the Sanctuary of Rock and Lava]].
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==In ''[[Rayman Revolution]]''==
In the PlayStation 2
remake of ''[[ Rayman 2: The Great Escape|Rayman 2]]'', a new boss named [[Boss Chenille]] is introduced. It looks just like a normal caterpillar, but with some significant differences: whereas they are a purplish-black in colour, [[Boss Chenille]] is blood-red; [[Boss Chenille]] is also somewhat larger, and it eyes are identical to the [[baby caterpillar]]s' ones.
[[Boss Chenille]] is found in a room in [[
The Sanctuary of Rock and Lava|the Sanctuary of Lava]]. It is summoned by [[Rayman]] performing a [[Rain Mask|rain dance]] on what looks like a greyish version of one of the [[Magic Sphere]]s' bases. When this is done, it emits a beam of light towards another such base. When [[Rayman]] [[Magic fist|shoots]] it, it too emits a beam of light towards another base. After shooting several more bases, the beam of light has finished its circumnavigation of the chamber; a door opens, and [[Boss Chenille]] enters.
When [[Rayman]] strikes [[Boss Chenille]] with his [[magic fist]], a red [[baby caterpillar]] splits away from its body. When the hero shoots it, it splits into five black [[baby caterpillar]]s. When they are killed, [[Boss Chenille]]'s health meter decreases. As the battle wears on, the segments of [[Boss Chenille]]'s body slowly disappear; by the end, it resembles an enormous red version of one of the [[baby caterpillar]]s. When this final form is defeated, [[Boss Chenille]] vanishes for good.
The first clue as to Boss Chenille's identity is its name; ''Chenille'' is the French word for ''Caterpillar'', while the name ''Boss'' implies that it may possibly be a leader. And during the battle, [[Boss Chenille]] spawns [[baby caterpillar]]s from its body. All of this led to speculation that [[Boss Chenille]] may be the progenitor or ‘mother’ of the [[Caterpillar (disambiguation)|caterpillar]] species, in addition to the speculation that it is their leader.
the [[Rayman 3 (Game Boy Advance)|Game Boy Advance adaptation of ''Rayman 3'']]==Caterpillars are also seen in various levels in [[Rayman 3 (Game Boy Advance)|the Game Boy Advance version of ''Rayman 3'']]; unlike those in ''[[ Rayman 2: The Great Escape|Rayman 2]]'', these caterpillars do not die when hit, but rather, their eyes turn red, and they shrink to the size of a [[baby caterpillar]] and fall to the ground, where they remain, trembling. They can then be picked up by [[Rayman]] as if they were [[keg]]s, [[Magic Sphere]]s or [[plum]]s; however, this action serves no practical purpose within the game. These caterpillars splatter if they fall into lava or spikes, or if [[Rayman]] picks them up and throws them into a hard surface or other creature. If left lying on the ground for a while, they can recover themselves.
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