Caterpillar Types and Identification Guide

Updated on September 21, 2017
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I have studied insects for nearly forty years, and I have also done battle with my share of garden pests.

I Found a Caterpillar. What Will it Turn Into?

Did you find an awesome-looking caterpillar outside? Identify it with the help of this guide! Is your caterpillar rare? Does it sting? What does it eat? What does it turn into? Here you will find photographs and descriptions of many of the different caterpillar types found in North America.

Whether you're a young scientist looking for information for a project, a gardener with big green caterpillars all over your tomatoes, or you simply want to know what that thing crawling across your patio might be, there's something here for you.

You Can Raise Your Caterpillar to a Butterfly or Moth

It's easier than you think to keep the caterpillar you found and raise it to an adult. Start with a tupperware container or a jar, and fresh leaves from the plant you found it on. Sometimes the caterpillar you found is on its way to make a cocoon or chrysalis, and it won't be interested in eating. Keep it with leaves from a few of the nearest plants just in case, and it will probably begin its transformation in a few days.

The best way to keep a caterpillar alive is with a safe, unbreakable habitat designed for raising caterpillars. Keep a paper towel on the bottom and clean out poops and old leaves every two days. They don't need extra water or direct sunlight.

Caterpillars: An Overview

Caterpillars are the larval stage of Lepidoptera, commonly known as butterflies and moths. They spend their days eating and storing energy for the adult butterfly or moth that they will become. Caterpillars are well-adapted to their natural surroundings. Most of them are camouflaged, so even though they're all around us, we never see most of them. They are so perfectly disguised, or have such secretive habits, that we walk right by them without ever knowing they're there. But they are!

Most caterpillars live their lives quietly eating leaves (and, of course, pooping). They rarely do any damage to the plant they live on. Sometimes, however, caterpillars can seriously harm trees and other plants. The gypsy moth caterpillar is a serious pest of oak forests in the northern US. Other caterpillars attack garden plants. If you grow tomatoes, chances are good you've come across the Tomato Hornworm, a big green monster that can destroy a tomato plant in less than a week.

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Does This Caterpillar Sting?

While most caterpillars rely on camouflage and distasteful chemicals for protection, some have spines and hairs that can sting you.

I hope you enjoy this guide and find it useful. From six-inch long beasties with curved horns and jagged spikes to the familiar, furry wooly bear, here are some of the most commonly encountered caterpillars of North America.

Monarch Caterpillar

This cool caterpillar is always found on some species of milkweed (Asclepias species). They aren't too hard to spot, with their bright stripes of black, white, and yellow. The milkweed that monarchs feed on is protected by having poisonous sap, which in turn makes the monarch caterpillar poisonous to any potential predators. Not a bad form of protection! They are brightly colored and turn into one of the most beautiful and popular of all butterflies: the monarch. Check it out, below!

Monarch Butterfly

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

This caterpillar looks a lot like the monarch caterpillar (above) -- and that may not be an accident. The monarch is most likely "protected" by the bitter sap of the milkweed plant that it eats because some of the toxic compounds in the sap become incorporated into the insect's tissues.

The black swallowtail caterpillar eats the leaves of carrots and other Umbelliferae species, which gives them little protection. But sometimes just looking like you're poisonous can be protection enough -- that's the basis of one major form of mimicry. It's thought that the black swallowtail caterpillar mimics the monarch caterpillar so birds and other predators might leave it alone, putting a mistaken identity to good use!

These caterpillars can be kept in a safe, unbreakable habitat designed for raising caterpillars. Make sure you give them plenty of the host plant—for this species, carrot or dill—that you found them on.

This attractive caterpillar turns into a beautiful, big butterfly known as the black swallowtail.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Sycamore Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Sycamore Tussock Moth Caterpillar
Sycamore Tussock Moth Caterpillar

This species is quite common in some parts of the United States. You'll most likely find it wandering around looking for a safe place to make a cocoon. The moth is a pretty brown-and-cream color and is part of genus Halysidota, which includes many similar species found all over the US. In some ways, it looks better as a caterpillar than as a moth. But that's just my opinion. Check out the Sycamore Tussock Moth below and let me know what you think.

Sycamore Tussock Moth

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Cecropia Caterpillar

Cecropia Caterpillar
Cecropia Caterpillar

This is a BIG caterpillar, growing up to five inches long. And it looks amazing as well! Check out the orange and blue tubercles on it! The cecropia caterpillar feeds on oak, willow, and maple, among other trees and bushes. It can be found wandering around in late summer as it looks for a place to spin its tough, brown cocoon. This spectacular caterpillar turns into an even more spectacular moth. The cecropia moth, below, is a bat-sized beauty that belongs to the group of "giant silk moths." These are among the largest Lepidoptera in North America.

Cecropia Moth

Polyphemus Moth Caterpillar

Polyphemus Moth Caterpillar
Polyphemus Moth Caterpillar

This is another big caterpillar -- about the size and thickness of your thumb. Polyphemus eat maple, birch, willow, and several other trees but are seldom abundant enough to cause any damage. As big as they are, they are really hard to see among the foliage when they're resting. As with many caterpillars that leave the food plant to spin a cocoon, Polyphemus are sometimes seen wandering around in late summer. This caterpillar spins a tough, brown, oval cocoon that you may find attached to the eaves around your house during the winter.

The polyphemus moth, below, has large eyespots that look like an owl and may scare predators away. Another example of mimicry!

Polyphemus Moth

Wooly Bear Caterpillar


These little guys are often seen hot-footing it across the road in rural areas of eastern North America. They belong to the family of tiger moths (Arctiidae), which has many attractive and far-flung members. Wooly bears are the larva of the Isabella tiger moth, Pyrrharctia isabella, and they feed on a number of common plants found in second-growth areas and roadsides. When you see them hustling across the road, they are looking for a good place to spend the winter: this species hibernates under rocks or logs, emerging in the spring to pupate. The moths emerge in early summer.

As with the sycamore tussock moth, I think the wooly bear moth looks much cooler as a caterpillar. The moth's grey-ish brown coloring makes it easy to camouflage itself, I'd rather look at the caterpillar's snazzy black and yellow coloring.

Wooly Bear Tiger Moth

Pyrrharctia Isabella Moth
Pyrrharctia Isabella Moth

Io Moth Caterpillar


This species, Automeris io, belongs to the group of giant silk moths that also includes the cecropia and polyphemus moths. This is one of the few caterpillars in our area that has irritating spines for protection, which really interested me when I was a kid. I had read all about the animal's "stinging spines" in my trusty Golden Nature Guide. I found one when I was about twelve and actually brushed the spines against my arm on purpose to see what all the fuss was about. Did it sting? Yes -- kind of like stinging nettles, not intense, but the kind of thing you don't want to repeat. A good protection for a caterpillar to have!

It turns into a beautiful-looking moth as well. The eye-spots look like little pieces of jewelry. Check it out below!

Io Moth

Tomato and Tobacco Hornworms

Tomato and Tobacco Hornworms
Tomato and Tobacco Hornworms

These huge caterpillars can often be found chowing down on your tomato plants, often to the point where the entire plant is eaten. The tobacco and tomato hornworms are very similar and often eat both plants, as well as sweet potatoes and other crops. They produce similar moths: huge brown bombers that are such good fliers they have earned the nickname "hawk moths."

Tobacco and Tomato Hornworm Moth

Milkweed Tiger Moth Caterpillar

This cool-looking little guy is the larval stage of the tiger moth Euchaetes egle. There are relatively few Lepidoptera species that feed on milkweed, which has poisonous sap that may make the caterpillars themselves poisonous to birds. Like the monarch, milkweed tiger moth caterpillars eat nothing but milkweed and spend all of their time on the plant, living and moving in small groups of up to ten. They're not at all hard to find on the host plant -- their bright coloring is thought to be a kind of warning to predators not to even bother eating them.

For such a showy caterpillar, the adult milkweed tiger moth is pretty plain -- unmarked, light gray wings with a spotted abdomen.

Milkweed Tiger Moth

Gypsy Moth Caterpillar

This is the dreaded gypsy moth caterpillar, Lymantria dispar, which can multiply out of control and strip entire oak trees down to the trunk. In some cases, entire forests lose their leaves to hordes of these caterpillars. Walking into a forest under siege from gypsy moth caterpillars, you can hear the sound of millions of tiny jaws working away, eating every leaf in site. Attempts have been made to control this caterpillar by spraying entire forests with a kind of bacteria that kills the caterpillars. While this can be effective, the bacteria is known to kill many other species of caterpillars in addition to the gypsy moth. It's a high price to pay to rescue trees that will likely eventually survive anyway!

Gypsy Moth

Forest Tent Caterpillar

This pretty blue and brown caterpillar is often found in large numbers in oak forests. They can be a pest on the level of the dreaded gypsy moth, and like the gypsy moth can defoliate an entire forest in a matter of weeks. They get the name "tent caterpillar" because the group of insects they belong to tend to make silk webs or mats on the branches and trunks of the host trees.

The moth that this caterpillar turns into is a pretty fawn brown color with subtle stripes and a furry body.

Forest Tent Caterpillar Moth

Hickory Horned Devil

Hickory horned devil caterpillar
Hickory horned devil caterpillar

When I was a boy, I always hoped to find one of these amazing creatures munching on the leaves of the hickory trees in our neighborhood. I never did, though -- they are not all that common, and live mostly in the South. My bad luck to live in the North! The hickory horned devil is likely the largest, and certainly the fiercest-looking, caterpillar in North America. Full-grown, they are nearly half a foot long, and will rear up and make a clicking sound if you bother them. They're totally harmless, though, like pretty much all caterpillars.

The hickory horned devil turns into the regal moth, a gigantic, beautiful animal that most people will never see in nature.

Regal Moth (Hickory Horned Devil Moth)

Pandorus Sphinx Moth

Pandorus sphinx moth
Pandorus sphinx moth

This bright orange beauty is one form of a somewhat common type of sphinx moth larva -- the other form is green, and while beautiful, is not quite as striking as this one. I've included this caterpillar mainly because I think it's so beautiful – as is the moth it turns into. This caterpillar in the illustration may be a tropical version of the North American pandorus species -- it's a little hard to tell. But if you find one, you can be sure you've found a truly special insect.

Pandorus Sphinx Moth

Catalpa Sphinx Moth Caterpillar

This species feeds only on catalpa trees, which are very common in the South and becoming more so in the north. Catalpa trees have big, pale green leaves and form seed pods in the fall. They are common ornamental trees and can be found in both city and suburb.

The catalpa sphinx can really do a number on an infested tree. But there is also a type of parasitic wasp whose eggs turn into little wasp larvae that eat the caterpillar from the inside out. This kills the caterpillar, as you might guess! If it manages to avoid such an unpleasant fate, it turns into the moth pictured below.

Catalpa Sphinx Moth

Mourning Cloak Caterpillar

This caterpillar eats elm and is known in some places as "the spiny elm caterpillar." It is the larval stage of one of the best-known butterflies in the world, the mourning cloak. This beautiful insect is native to the US and Europe. In the UK, this caterpillar is incredibly rare, and entomologists can spend a lifetime waiting for one to show up (it's known as "the Camberwell Beauty" in England). Up close, the upper side of the mourning cloak is gorgeous. The underside is considerably more drab; the dark colors give the insect its common name because early entomologists thought it looked like the drab cloaks worn by mourners at funerals.

Mourning cloaks often winter in a shelter and begin flying on the first warm days of spring. Keep an eye out for these big, beautiful butterflies on warm spring days, even when there are still patches of snow on the ground.

Mourning Cloak Butterfly

American Dagger Caterpillar

American dagger
American dagger

This cool caterpillar has irritating "fur" that it spins into its cocoon. The black hair pencils may act as fake antennae, making the insect appear larger or more threatening than it really is. This caterpillar feeds on oaks and other trees, and can be very common in the late summer and early fall as it crawls around looking for a place to spin its oval cocoon.

American Dagger Moth

Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar

Tiger swallowtail caterpillar
Tiger swallowtail caterpillar

This rather plain caterpillar turns into one of our most spectacular butterflies, the tiger swallowtail (Pterourus glaucus). It is sometimes seen crawling down the trunks of ash and cherry trees in early summer, looking for a place to pupate. This caterpillar overwinters as a very young larvae, rolled up in a little leaf shelter, to emerge in the spring and resume eating and growing. The adult butterflies are a common sight in parks and gardens, yellow and black beauties that soar high among the treetops, looking for mates and a place to lay their eggs.

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

White-Marked Tussock Caterpillar

White-marked tussock caterpillar - look familiar?
White-marked tussock caterpillar - look familiar?

These cool-looking caterpillars produce a quite plain and inconspicuous moth. They eat almost anything, including some decorative trees like hawthorn that cities tend to plant along roads and in plazas. Tussock moth caterpillars get their name from the little tufts of fur along their backs; apparently these are called "tussocks" in some parts of the world.

White-Marked Tussock Moth

Butterfly Habitat

Butterfly Habitat Set
Butterfly Habitat Set

This habitat is as close as I could find to the ones used in labs around the world. This unit comes from one of the best-known biological supply houses in the country. It's not a toy and has excellent, lab-quality features.


Puss Moth Caterpillar

With its awesome pompadour and general slug-like build, this animal is sometimes referred to as the "Elvis Caterpillar." Puss moth caterpillars belong to the Megalopygidae family, which has a fair number of interesting-looking caterpillars. Many of these caterpillars have stinging hairs -- including the puss moth, which sometimes drops out of trees onto unlucky passersby! The sting of the puss moth is usually mild, though sensitive individuals can develop a more intense reaction.

Megalopygidae moths are relatively uncommon, and if you see one you're lucky -- but don't touch!

Nota bene: There's a moth in the UK called the Puss Moth, but it's in a different family (Notodontidae) and the caterpillars do not have stinging hairs.

Puss Moth Caterpillar Moth

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

Spicebush swallowtail caterpillar
Spicebush swallowtail caterpillar

This is a cool caterpillar with fake snake eyes. The effect is even better when it sticks out its "osmeterium," a red, forked organ that it can stick out from behind its head when it's feeling bothered. The osmeterium looks a lot like the forked tongue of a snake, and it also smells bad. Pretty good defense for an otherwise tasty caterpillar! This one turns into the big, beautiful spicebush swallowtail.

Spicebush Swallowtail

Explore More by Raising Caterpillars to Adulthood

Raising a caterpillar to the adult stage is a pretty cool science/home learning experience. You get to witness one of the natural world's most amazing events: the change from a caterpillar to a butterfly. Plus, you'll have the chance to definitively identify the insect you found.

Along the way, you'll learn about food plants, life stages, cocoons and chrysalises, parasites, and how scientists work in the lab with insects. Who knows -- there's a chance you or your little ones might start on the path to becoming a scientist some day.

If raising caterpillars sounds like a fun project, then I'd recommend housing them in a container designed to keep caterpillars safe and well-fed, like one of the products made by InsectLore caterpillar habitats. It's critically important that you keep them fed with fresh leaves from the exact plant on which you found them. If you found them wandering around, they're likely about to pupate. Some leaves or a paper towel on the bottom of the habitat will give them a place to cocoon.


These are some places you can find information about caterpillars and insects:

Questions & Answers

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      Jule 2 days ago

      I found a cocoon with a web thing around it, it’s green with a darker underneath and it is very small. It also has a white head on the cocoon. I hope this is enough info. I believe it has just settled into the cocoon and is still very young.

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      lauren 7 days ago

      I found a white black and yellow catapillar. it is not on here. whare can I find it?

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      Hayden Palm 9 days ago

      I found two little guys in the woods of Utah. Main body color black, light brown stripes go across their backs. Black fur on top, a lighter brown fur / spikes on bottom. Bottom of the catipillar is light brown. I've been raising them with my swallowtails, monarchs and painted ladies.

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      Jasmine 10 days ago

      I found a fussy goldish catipillar about an inch and a half left no with a black stripe down it’s back, a black underbelly and black tufts of longer hairs in random spots. Do you know what it is?

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      Begginpuppy 2 weeks ago

      I found a caterpillar in my driveway it was pretty big, I thought it was a Elephant Hawk Moth but it was lighter and didn’t have a big front. It had small

      orange and brown spots on its sides and it was a base creamy brown. What kind of caterpillar was it? (I live in the NWT)

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      Mindy 3 weeks ago

      Great site. Found my caterpillar. White marked tussock moth.

      Thank you for the info

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      Christian 3 weeks ago

      Mine is a

      Rainbow with spines

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      lyric 5 weeks ago

      I did not know there fuzzy kinds!

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      AnnaPiePie 5 weeks ago

      My caterpillar is light green with a bunch of little black dots on it in a line several of these lines on the caterpillar it feeds on my grape vines

      what type of caterpillar is it I try searching things like "caterpillar that feeds on grapevine" but none look like the ones I saw in my backyard

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      Anastasia 5 weeks ago

      I found a cool caterpillar with a half of a sqare outline and it is about 2-3 inches long. But I'm not sure what it is. Or 8f it's rare. Can you tell me 8f you find 1. And also 6ell me what it will turn into if you find out?

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      Unknown 5 weeks ago

      My dog just ate a catapillar that was brown with a darker brown patern down it's back. Is that ok?

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      Jai 6 weeks ago

      i want to take care of this black fluffy catiplliar with a yellow stripe on its back although i found in on my dad's flip flop. do u have an idea of what it might be? please respond soon!



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      laura 6 weeks ago

      i have lots of black and green / yellow caterpilars in my back garden in south of spain wanted to k ow if they are moths or butterflies how can i tell???

      many thanks

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      Kianna 7 weeks ago

      I found a green Caterpillar and don't now what is is and where i should put is back. And should it bee on my finger?

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      Donna McCormack 7 weeks ago

      Found a large caterpillar on my sweet pea plant. med. brown, 1 1/2 inches long, slight white spots on the side, two protruding suckers at one end. I have pics but don't see how to send them to you. I think it's probably a moth.

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      Steven 8 weeks ago

      I found a caterpillar and it is brown and grey and black do you have any ideas on what it might be

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      Dani 2 months ago

      I found a brown and black caterpillar on my carpet and I put it outside i don’t know what it is do u

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      Mr. Noatak 2 months ago

      Many years ago, in Washington state I saw a hairless white caterpillar that was larger than average. On top of its rear end was a bright-blue thorn-shaped hard appendage (curved) that pointed towards it's head. It looked threatening and behaved aggressively when I tried to touch it; it seemed to be trying to attack me with its "thorn". Snow-white with a bright-blue thorn- this must be a common species, right?

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      Lil caterpillars 2 months ago

      I have a lot of these black caterpillars with yellow-ish dots going down a ling from the head to its behind...I also have one gray-ish caterpillar...which my family member told me about...I haven't seen it in person. I would LOVE to know if these are moths or butterflies...or both.

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      Caterpillars 2 months ago

      I have a small caterpillar that looked like a cabbage looper at first but a few days later it's front legs turned black what type is it?

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      Kelv 3 months ago

      I found a really small bright green caterpillar it doesnt have hair and idk where its face is also idk what its gonna grow into

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      Randy Carey 3 months ago

      Found lo moth catapillars all I’ve my hibiscus eating the leaves how long does it take to turn into a larve

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      Piggy 3 months ago

      Well Moonmonkey155, that was very descriptive... OF COUSE I CAN TELL YOU WHAT THAT IS!!!!

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      Moonmonkey155 3 months ago

      I found a really small green caterpillar. its not furry or spikey. its in a cocoon right now and it kinda looks like silk. anyone know what kind it is????

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      Lindsey 3 months ago

      I found a caterpillar its green not fury and has no face. Can anyone tell me what kind itf is

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      Jaidyn 4 months ago

      I cant find out what caterpillar it is

      Its brown with black and yellow strips and its not furry

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      akshay girish padvi 5 months ago

      i found a one caterpillar nad i dont know which is it who one tell me plz what type it and want to keeping it....

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      Kimberly 6 months ago

      I saw a red head caterpillar right here in jamaica with black and yellow stripes and soft like feet. I came on here hoping to see one but did not what type is it

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      Sakuya 6 months ago

      I have a black and white caterpiller. What type of butterfly will it become?

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      Ginny Rosenbaum 6 months ago

      I found A really weird caterpillar in Belton, Texas, and We thought it is a Salt Moth Caterpillar but we checked here just incase and it didn't say anything, We found it near the lake and on some rocks, eats a lot, and is really Black and Fuzzy, Has a white mouth, and the Salt Moth Caterpillars aren't poisonous despite there fuzz, but we wanna make sure before we pick it up. Any Help on what kind it is??

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      Heidi Schultz 7 months ago

      My friend sent me a picture of a Catipilar that stings him down. I advised him to be cautious, some are poisonous. I help Monarchs, but I'm not aware of this Cat. Any help will be much appreciated.

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      Dylan 7 months ago

      I found a gray, white, and red caterpillar with a gray horn and is 2 inches. I found it at a parking lot and idk what to do. This caterpillar is very big and looks like its gonna turn into a pupa. Will it turn to a moth or butterfly? Plz tell me. Plus it like to go on dirt.

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      vicki 7 months ago

      black with red feet about 3 inches long. what kind is it. caterpiller.

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      Brenda 7 months ago

      I was just letting my fennel die out because no bulb was produced, and after coming back from a short trip I spied 11 caterpillars on the struggling plants. Your web site id'ed them as black swallow tails--I'm so thrilled. I'm again watering the plants and will protect the caterpillars with mesh. Thanks!

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      Robert 8 months ago

      Yesterday morning my dogs were terrified by a 5 inch long caterpillar as thick as your index finger smooth skin pail green with a diamond pattern down its back and a spike pointed towards the head from the tail end. I cannot find any photo that matches it on the internet, any idea what it was.

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      rodney 8 months ago

      great post ,thanks for the information. The one that is missing that we see in ohio alot is the small white butterflies.

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      Sandy Fitzharris 8 months ago

      I found one of these Awesome caterpillars on a plant on my deck, so happy to see what he will become! Thank you!

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      Joe 8 months ago

      Found but can’t ID

      Pink caterpillar with short vertical red stripes on rose bush.

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      Jason brendon 8 months ago

      I have the tiger swollow tail caterpiller

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      Liisa Hostetler 8 months ago

      Found this buddy on my snapdragons. Cannot ID. Can you help? Light green with small purple spots along the ridge of his back.

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      Rebecca Graf 9 months ago from Wisconsin

      This was very interesting. I'll pass this on to friends who homeschool. They would find it handy.

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      Ann Stier 9 months ago

      Climbing up tree in Saint Peter, Mn.

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      Ashley 9 months ago

      I found a hickory horn devil caterpillar.

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      Debbie Cordwell 10 months ago

      Beautiful images.

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      Jeff 10 months ago from USA

      Yeah, lots of cool caterpillars.

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      dianne oliger 10 months ago

      Thank you so much. We found a very interesting caterpillar and I now know it's the milkweed tiger moth caterpillar!

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      rita 10 months ago

      what does a wooly black and white caterpillar turn into

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      Breelyn 10 months ago

      The tiger swallowtail caterpillar sort of reminds me of a salamander, the amphibian type. Am I even crazier than I originally thought ? Haha

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      Megan Machucho 10 months ago from Milwaukee, WI

      Great information! My daughter is always finding caterpillars outside and asking me what kind they are or what they'll turn in to. I'll have to keep referring back to this article!

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      Breelyn 11 months ago

      Wow this guide is amazing. I am awed with how much you know about caterpillars... for the longest time I really didn't like to get too close to creepy crawlies haha, but now that I am older and wiser, I am dying to take an Entomology class because insects are so fascinating.

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      kitana 13 months ago

      I found a caterpillar but I don't know what type it is

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      Dodo 14 months ago

      I found a few (7) white tussock caterpillars on my dads car a few days ago and now they live in the house in a milk jug and a jar. 4 of them passed away, 2 of them are now in what I suppose to be cocoons. I don't know where one is and the other is still young, and it just grew it's tussocks.

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      yvonne stanbury 14 months ago

      i have just found a green two toned caterpilla about 2 inch long very aggressive and a large spike on its head i have looked through your pictures of caterpillars but it is not there i would like to know what it is

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      Stephanie.k. 20 months ago

      I found a spicebush swallowtail caterpillar a few weeks ago and I believe he has now made a cucoon under my railing on my steps. I've been watching it's progress and it's pretty cool. Louisville, ky

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      rabbitninja 20 months ago

      i found a rly hyper fuzzy caterpillar east long island new york october 3rd today. it had yellow on its black face and soft brown and orange fur. but it wasn't a wooly bear its not banded like that. it was kinda all brown body with orange fuzzy around it. super fuzzy and cute.

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      Any Ortiz 20 months ago

      My daughter found a yellow green caterpillar with yellow spikes and is big I need to know is it poisonous or not?

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      P.Nik 21 months ago

      Today I found 7 green caterpillars, they are adorable and have a white stripe in their sides and two dots on their heads, any idea?

      + they keep on eating and eating! What do I do? I have school tomorow, will they last with7-12 branches? (Small)

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      Kristen Howe 22 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      What an awesome collection of photos of caterpillars and butterflies. Real awesome to see them in living color. Thanks for sharing.

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      Gemma woolsey 22 months ago

      I have a unknown plant in garden covers in catapiller but I can't find what they are and if there dangerous they have a orange head with green and orange body with black spots all over and no ferr or spikes

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      Jill Spencer 2 years ago from United States

      Think I saw a red admiral caterpillar on a rose bush today. Does that sound likely?

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      how can anyone hate 2 years ago

      a caterpillar? as a comment above. There are species bigger and stronger than us, how you would you feel if they hated you because of who you are or looked like? evolve.

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      Richard Lindsay 2 years ago from California

      I have problems with Hornworms every summer. They love tomato plants and will eat them really quickly. Great post

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      GreenMind 2 years ago from USA

      Hi Annabanana -- Thanks for the question -- there are SO MANY kinds of brown caterpillars that I would have to see a picture of it to answer that.

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      Annabanana 2 years ago

      What does a brown caterpillar look like as a butterfly?

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Awesome hub with excellent information on moth and butterfly identification on the caterpillars. I prefer butterflies over moths anyday of the week. Lovely photos too! Voted up!

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      Kylie 3 years ago

      I found a caterpillar similar to the tomato one is Salt Lake City Utah. It is green, four inches long and has one horn on its butt. It has no other colors, is very fat and is segmented. It's not a tomato plant though. WHAT IS IT?

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      Margot Rothwell 3 years ago

      i always thought the wooly bear caterpillar turned into a monarch because they are both orange and black. - thanks ,now I know.

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      Alexajones 3 years ago

      Really nice lens!

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      Shermie Mills 3 years ago from US

      This is really cool. I wonder how many species of caterpillar in every country. Thank you for sharing. Great day!

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      Shermie Mills 3 years ago from US

      This is really cool. I wonder how many species of caterpillar in every country. Thank you for sharing. Great day!

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      Fabulous lens! Shared on our G+ page today!!

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      enriquesalinas03 3 years ago

      @sonicthehedgehog30741: me too yesterday

      the same day as you but i found three and there in there cacoons

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      enriquesalinas03 3 years ago

      yes one that i have an american dagger moth caterpillar in its cacoon

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      enriquesalinas03 3 years ago

      @mysterybutterfly: i have a american dagger moth caterpillar in its cacoon

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      sonicthehedgehog30741 3 years ago

      The only thing I like is hedgehogs

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      sonicthehedgehog30741 3 years ago

      I hate bugs and caterpillars but I found a cool one today.

      A yellow hairy caterpillar

      Its a American Dagger caterpillar

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      forest01 3 years ago

      I have caterpillars

      that are covered with twigs and small pieces of bark as camo. Any idea what they are?

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      eagle40 3 years ago

      Found a caterpillar green with dots and lookd like a stinger on its but about as big as my first fingure

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      kezzerlyn1 3 years ago

      I found a caterpillar it is redish brown it has a diamond pattern on with horns or anteni on the back end it is a bout as big as my index finger ???

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      suescrib 3 years ago

      Pale bluish caterpillar, blue more distinct in segment folds, with same darker blue lines running in between segments (but not stripes). Yellow prolegs. Some hairs. Found in southwestern MA Berkshires.

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      melmischief 4 years ago

      A black caterpillar with orange spikes & long antennas on the side of its head

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      karencgrob 4 years ago

      An inch or inch and a half bright green but smooth no visible hair or bumps

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      This is such a wonderful lens with those beautiful caterpillar photographs. Thank you!

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      Really interesting caterpillar lens, webkangaroo! I especially enjoyed seeing what the metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly or moth. Nicely done and thanks for sharing. And congratulations on your well-deserved Purple Star!

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      raini-123 4 years ago

      more than 2 black stripes

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      raini-123 4 years ago

      i have a green caterpillar with black stripes. It has no hair.Please help me figure out what it is and what it eats.

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      raini-123 4 years ago

      i have a green caterpillar with black stripes. It has no hair.Please help me figure out what it is and what it eats.

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      raini-123 4 years ago

      i have a green caterpillar with black stripes. It has no hair.Please help me figure out what it is and what it eats.

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      mysterybutterfly 4 years ago

      I have brown caterpillar with tan stripes. It has no hair. I think it eats milkweed. Please help me identify it.

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      raini-123 4 years ago

      i have a green caterpillar with black stripes. It has no hair.Please help me figure out what it is and what it eats.

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      raini-123 4 years ago

      i have a caterpillar that is green and has 2 black is not spiky,and has no hair.what is it and what does it eat?

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      sheba-collinsmason 4 years ago

      Is there a way to send a photo of a caterpillar here? mine is lt.brown in color has neon green dots low on either side (1) one each section he/she fell out of a maple tree.

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      deaton2002 4 years ago

      white caterpillar with a black line down the back and dots on sides WHAt KIND IS IT

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      scheryar-saqib 4 years ago


      I got a green caterpillar in peas it a fat one it would be a great pleasure if you would identify it for me


      Take care


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      DopefreshnationSAAAN 4 years ago

      I found hundreds of wight red and black ones?

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      marktplaatsshop 4 years ago

      A great informative lens, and beautifull pictures thanks for sharing, I did learn a thing or two on cattepillars,

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      ayush-sharma 4 years ago

      Hey! Today i found a caterpillar in my driveway it is orange on the front white in the middle andthen again orange on the rear end it has black rings covering it's body I cannot find a match on the internet Help.

      P.S-i live in india

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      christina-spencer-1612 4 years ago

      I saw a orange and black caterpillar with pokey things on it it stinged my finger and I am trying to figer out what type of caterpillar it is and what butterflie it is

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      Elysabeth 4 years ago

      I just found a white and a black caterpillar. .It eats citric leaves and I think I heard it making some kind of sound like a cricket. What can it be? Thanks.

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      Marcel White 4 years ago

      @greenmind: Now that you mentioned it I recall that when I was a kid all of us used to raise silk caterpillars that were really harmless. No worries back then. Thanks for your reply.


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