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Butterfly and Skipper Caterpillars

The caterpillar does all the work but the butterfly gets all the publicity. George Carlin (1937-2008)

  1. 'Sweadner's' Juniper Hairstreak

    The 'Sweadner's' Juniper Hairstreak caterpillar blends in perfectly with the needles of the red cedar (Juniperus virginiana), its host plant.

  2. American Lady Caterpillar

  3. American Snout Caterpillar

  4. Arogos Skipper Caterpillar

  5. Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

  6. Black Swallowtail Caterpillars

    This symmetrical pair of Black Swallowtail caterpillars was on Rue in our herb garden. Young caterpillars at this stage have "saddles" on ther backs.

  7. Brazilian Skipper Caterpillar

    You can see the internal organs in the Brazilian Skipper, also known as a Canna Skipper.

  8. Brown Elfin Caterpillar

    It was recently learned that Brown Elfins populate parts of the Florida Panhandle. They feed on the flowers of Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia).

  9. Cassius Blue Caterpillar

  10. Clouded Skipper Caterpillar

  11. Cloudless Sulphur Caterpillar

  12. Cloudless Sulphur Caterpillar

  13. Cloudless Sulphur Caterpillars

    Cloudless Sulphur caterpillars occur in several different colors and patterns.

  14. Common Buckeye Caterpillar

  15. Common Buckeye Caterpillar

    Common Buckeyes use many host plants in the Broomrape family (OROBANCHACEAE){formerly included in the SCROPHULARIACEAE or Snapdragon family) including the False Foxglove (Agalinis sp.).

  16. Common or Tropical Checkered skipper Caterpillar

  17. Eufala Skipper Caterpillar

  18. Fiery Skipper Caterpillar

  19. Frosted Elfin Caterpillar

    Frosted Elfin caterpillars seem to prefer to eat the flowers of its host plant, Sundal Lupine (Lupinus perennis).

  20. Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar

  21. Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar

    This is a head-on view of the Giant Swallowtail caterpillar.