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Caterpillars

The following is a collection of a few of the caterpillars that I've photographed over the past few years. If you're interested in seeing my most recent photos, writing or other work, please visit my nature blog, Burning Silo.
PLEASE NOTE: I do try to answer occasional questions on my insect photo galleries, but please understand that, in summer especially, I receive dozens of questions posted on my galleries asking me to identify caterpillars, wasps, butterflies, spiders, moths, etc... There is only one of me and I'm busy photographing insects and working on identifications for my own sightings each day. Also, I just moved into an old house that is in need of major restoration, so have little time to spend online trying to figure out IDs for other people's sightings. What I suggest is that you work on your own IDs, using my photos and also visiting websites such as BugGuide.net. By the way, in most cases, it's pretty much impossible to identify any insect or spider from a written description. Even with photos, it's very often impossible.




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5th instar of a Black Swallowtail -- Papilio polyxenes
5th instar of a Black Swallowtail -- Papilio polyxenes
Papilio polyxenes (molting) - Black Swallowtail
Papilio polyxenes (molting) - Black Swallowtail
Papilio polyxenes - Black Swallowtail exposing osmeterium
Papilio polyxenes - Black Swallowtail exposing osmeterium
3rd instar of a Black Swallowtail -- Papilio polyxenes
3rd instar of a Black Swallowtail -- Papilio polyxenes
4th instar of a Black Swallowtail --  Papilio polyxenes
4th instar of a Black Swallowtail -- Papilio polyxenes
Pearly Wood-nymph
Pearly Wood-nymph
Eumorpha pandorus -- caterpillar 1
Eumorpha pandorus -- caterpillar 1
Eumorpha pandorus -- caterpillar 2
Eumorpha pandorus -- caterpillar 2
sphinx moth caterpillar - 1
sphinx moth caterpillar - 1
sphinx moth caterpillar - 2
sphinx moth caterpillar - 2
Ctenucha virginica - Virginia Ctenucha caterpillar - molting
Ctenucha virginica - Virginia Ctenucha caterpillar - molting
Ctenucha virginica - Virginia Ctenucha caterpillar - molting
Ctenucha virginica - Virginia Ctenucha caterpillar - molting
Ctenucha virginica - Virginia Ctenucha caterpillar
Ctenucha virginica - Virginia Ctenucha caterpillar
Elm Sawfly - Cimbex americana
Elm Sawfly - Cimbex americana
Elm Sawfly - Cimbex americana
Elm Sawfly - Cimbex americana
Elm Sawfly - Cimbex americana
Elm Sawfly - Cimbex americana
Dasychira caterpillar -- at rest  (Perhaps D. vagans ??)
Dasychira caterpillar -- at rest (Perhaps D. vagans ??)
Dasychira caterpillar -- on the move  -- (perhaps D. vagans ??)
Dasychira caterpillar -- on the move -- (perhaps D. vagans ??)
Eastern Tent Caterpillar -- view 1
Eastern Tent Caterpillar -- view 1
Eastern Tent Caterpillar -- view 2
Eastern Tent Caterpillar -- view 2
Cooperative effort -- Saw fly larvae
Cooperative effort -- Saw fly larvae
Symmerista canicosta -- caterpillar
Symmerista canicosta -- caterpillar
Aster caterpillar
Aster caterpillar
Milkweed tussock caterpillar -- Euchaetes egle - 1
Milkweed tussock caterpillar -- Euchaetes egle - 1
Milkweed tussock caterpillar -- Euchaetes egle - 2
Milkweed tussock caterpillar -- Euchaetes egle - 2
Leopard moth  -- Ecpantheria scribonia -- caterpillar -- view 1
Leopard moth -- Ecpantheria scribonia -- caterpillar -- view 1
Leopard moth --  Ecpantheria scribonia  -- caterpillar   -- view 2
Leopard moth -- Ecpantheria scribonia -- caterpillar -- view 2
Hyalophora cecropia caterpillar
Hyalophora cecropia caterpillar
Hyalophora cecropia caterpillar
Hyalophora cecropia caterpillar
Hyalophora cecropia caterpillar
Hyalophora cecropia caterpillar
Hyalophora cecropia caterpillar feet
Hyalophora cecropia caterpillar feet
Hyalophora cecropia caterpillar --head
Hyalophora cecropia caterpillar --head
Hyalophora cecropia caterpillar -- head
Hyalophora cecropia caterpillar -- head
Hyalophora cecropia caterpillar -- size
Hyalophora cecropia caterpillar -- size
cecropia caterpillar with parasitoids
cecropia caterpillar with parasitoids
close view of parasitoids on cecropia caterpillar
close view of parasitoids on cecropia caterpillar
Hyalophora cecropia caterpillar on Rhamnus frangula
Hyalophora cecropia caterpillar on Rhamnus frangula
Hyalophora cecropia caterpillar on Rhamnus frangula
Hyalophora cecropia caterpillar on Rhamnus frangula
Hyalophora cecropia caterpillar on Rhamnus frangula
Hyalophora cecropia caterpillar on Rhamnus frangula
Luna  (Actias luna)  caterpillar -- parasitized & found dying in forest
Luna (Actias luna) caterpillar -- parasitized & found dying in forest
Orgyia antiqua - 8308 -  Rusty Tussock Moth - cat
Orgyia antiqua - 8308 - Rusty Tussock Moth - cat
Orgyia antiqua - 8308 - Rusty Tussock Moth
Orgyia antiqua - 8308 - Rusty Tussock Moth
Orgyia antiqua - 8308 - Rusty Tussock Moth
Orgyia antiqua - 8308 - Rusty Tussock Moth
Virginian Tiger Moth caterpillar -- Spilosoma virginica
Virginian Tiger Moth caterpillar -- Spilosoma virginica
Virginian Tiger Moth -- Spilosoma virginica - 1
Virginian Tiger Moth -- Spilosoma virginica - 1
Virginian Tiger Moth -- Spilosoma virginica - 2
Virginian Tiger Moth -- Spilosoma virginica - 2
Silver-spotted skipper / -- Epargyreus clarus ?
Silver-spotted skipper / -- Epargyreus clarus ?
Virginian Tiger Moth caterpillar-- Spilosoma virginica
Virginian Tiger Moth caterpillar-- Spilosoma virginica
Yellow caterpillar 1
Yellow caterpillar 1
Yellow caterpillar 2
Yellow caterpillar 2
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