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Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar. Bradley Millar

  1. Saddleback Caterpillar

    Acharia stimulea
    This caterpillar has stinging hairs that are to be avoided.

  2. Long-winged Dagger Moth Caterpillar

    Acronicta longa

  3. Triton Dagger Moth Caterpillar

    Acronicta tritona

  4. Polyphemus Moth Caterpillar

    Antheraea polyphemus

  5. Spotted Apatelodes Moth Caterpillar

    Apatelodes torrefacta

  6. Spotted Apatelodes Moth Caterpillar

    Apatelodes torrefacta
    The color of the Spotted Apatelodes Moth caterpillar can range from white to bright yellow. Note the bright red prolegs.

  7. Spotted Apatelodes Moth Caterpillar

    Apatelodes torrefacta
    The bright red prolegs are a quick giveaway that this is a Spotted Apatelodes moth caterpillar.

  8. Io Moth Caterpillar

    Automeris io
    This is a beautiful caterpillar, but those who have experienced the stinging hairs of this caterpillar will tell you to avoid touching it.

  9. Promethea Silkmoth Caterpillar

    Callosamia promethea

  10. Catalpa Worm

    Ceratomia catalpae

    Although called a worm, it really is the caterpillar stage of the Catalpa Sphinx Moth.

  11. Blackberry Looper

    Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria

  12. Hickory Horn Devil Caterpillar

    Citheronia regalis

  13. Hickory Horn Devil Caterpillar

    Citheronia regalis
    The adult moth is known as the Regal Moth or Royal Walnut Moth.

  14. Azalea Sphinx Moth Caterpillar

    Darapsa choerilus

  15. Azalea Caterpillars

    Datana major
    A pest of azaleas, these caterpillars become moths known as Major Datana.

  16. Post-burn Datana Caterpillar

    Datana ranaeceps

  17. Imperial Moth Caterpillar

    Eacles imperialis

  18. Spiny Oak Slug Moth Caterpillar

    Euclea delphinii

  19. Pitcherplant Moth Caterpillar

    Exyra sp.

  20. Pitcherplant Moth Caterpillar

    Exyra sp.
    The Pitcherplant Moth caterpillar is found inside pitcherplants. This one is in the flower of the yellow pitcherplant (Sarracenia flava).

  21. Geometrid Caterpillar

    This caterpillar perfectly matches a branchlet of a tree.

  22. Geometrid Moth Caterpillar


  23. Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar

    Halysidota tessellaris
    Which end is which? Its head is at the bottom.

  24. Grapeleaf Skeletonizer Moth Caterpillar

    Harrisina americana

  25. Snowberry Clearwing Caterpillar

    Hemaris diffinis
    This caterpillar was discovered on its host plant, Bluestar (Amsonia sp.)

  26. Hummingbird Clearwing Moth Caterpillar

    Hemaris thysbe
    This sphinx moth caterpillar was one of several that was feeding on Walter's Vibrunum (Viburnum obovatum).

  27. Fall Webworm Caterpillars

    Hyphantria cunea

  28. Crowned Slug Moth Caterpillar

    Isa textula

  29. Northern Pine Sphinx Moth Caterpillar

    Lapara bombycoides

  30. Variable Oakleaf Moth Caterpillar

    Lochmaeus manteo
    This caterpillar was crawling on the bark of a hackberry tree.

  31. Forest Tent Moth Caterpillar

    Malacosoma disstria

  32. Rustic Sphinx Caterpillar

    Manduca rustica

  33. Puss Caterpillar

    Megalopyge opercularis
    This caterpillar is protected by a heavy coat of stinging hairs. To some, this furry coat resembled the fur of a pussy cat or "puss." The ault moth is known as the Southern Flannel Moth.

  34. Southern Flannel Moth Caterpillar

    Megalopyge sp.

  35. Eastern Cactus-boring Moth Caterpillar

    Melitara prodenialis

  36. White-dotted Prominent Moth Caterpillar

    Nadata gibbosa
    This is a tentative identification.

  37. White-barred Emerald Moth Caterpillar

    Nemoria bifilata

  38. White-marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar

    Orgyia leucostigma

  39. Red-lined Panopoda Caterpillar

    Panopoda rufimargo

  40. Red-lined Panopoda Caterpillar

    Panopoda rufimargo

  41. Juniper Geometer Caterpillar

    Patalene olyzonaria

  42. Curve-lined Owlet

    Patalene olyzonaria puber

  43. Spotted Phosphila Caterpillar

    Phosphila miselioides

  44. Turbulent Phosphila Caterpillar

    Phosphila turbulenta

  45. Turbulent Phosphila Moth Caterpillars

    Phosphila turbulenta

  46. Purple-lined Sallow

    Pyrrhia exprimens

  47. Red-humped Moth Caterpillar

    Schizura concinna

  48. Unicorn Caterpillar

    Schizura unicornis

  49. Echo Moth Caterpillar

    Seirarctia echo

  50. Camouflaged Looper Caterpillar

    Synchlora aerata
    This caterpillar covers itself with bits of plant material to camoufalge itself. The unassuming looper transforms into the lovely Wavy-lined Emerald Moth.

  51. Crotalaria Moth Caterpillar

    Utetheisa ornatrix
    This caterpillar is named after the genus of its host plants, Rattlebox (Crotalaria). This caterpillar was found on Rabbitbells (C. spectabilis), an exotic that can overtake pastures and fields.

  52. Convict Caterpillar

    Xanthopastis timais

  53. Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar

    Xylophanes tersa

  54. Okefenokee Zale Moth Caterpillar

    Zale perculta
    Okefenokee Zale Moth caterpillars feed on vine wicky (Pieris phyllyreifolia) which usually grows in association with pond cypresses.