This gaudily colored caterpillar is feeding on the leaf of a strangler fig (Ficus sp.), its host plant.
Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillars make a "nest" inside leaves. This one is in a sassafras leaf.
This cute caterpillar has won two photo contests.
This caterpillar was wrapped in a sassafras leaf.
The 'Sweadner's' Juniper Hairstreak caterpillar blends in perfectly with the needles of the red cedar (Juniperus virginiana), its host plant.
Many butterfles put just a few eggs per plant. Hackberry Emperors however seem to favor the moth's strategy of "safetty in numbers."
Tawny Emperor caterpillars have thicker stripes than the similar Hackberry Emperor caterpillar.
Variegated Fritillary (top) and Gulf Fritillary (bottom) caterpillars
The caterpillars of the viceroy and its mimic, the Red-spotted Purple, are hard to distinguish in the field. Red-spotted Purples usually feed on cherries and deerberries and only occasionally on willows. However viceroys feed only on willows.
The Yucca Giant-skipper caterpillar constructs a tube at the base of yuccas within which it lives.
The Yucca Giant-skipper caterpillar feeds on the tubers of yuccas.
This caterpillar is feeding on American Wisteria (Wisteria frutescens), the native non-invasive vine.
Zebra Swallowtail caterpillars can be found chewing inside the flowers of pawpaws (Asimina spp.)
Very young Zebra Swallowtail caterpillars are dark. This caterpillar was on the leaf of a slimleaf Pawpaw (Asimina angustifolia).