Caterpillars in winter?

I was raking up some rotting fig tree leaves from the half frozen garden this morning and was surprised to see two bright green caterpillars working on the underside of one...can caterpillars survive at 0°C?  Or are they out of season and not long of this earth?

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  • Many species of butterflies and moths spend the winter as caterpillars, others as eggs, others as pupae, others as adults. 
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,058
    lots of wildlife can be found under leaves in winter. Be kind to them and leave the leaves
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 3,736
    I found a wooly bear caterpillar under a pot in the greenhouse earlier. There's been loads of them about this year.
  • Surprising what you do find - if you do need to clear up, make sure you pop any wildlife in an appropriate haven for the winter.
    Both you and they will be grateful :)
  • We have hairy black caterpillars wandering along our patio almost daily at the moment.  They certainly are out late in the year.  I can't recall seeing them so late in other years. 
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