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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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Ecpantheria scribonia -- caterpillar
Ecpantheria scribonia -- caterpillar
Milkweed tussock caterpillars -- early instars
Milkweed tussock caterpillars -- early instars
Halysidota tessellaris -- Banded Tussock Moth caterpillar
Halysidota tessellaris -- Banded Tussock Moth caterpillar
Tiger Swallowtail -- Papilio glaucus - 1
Tiger Swallowtail -- Papilio glaucus - 1
Tiger Swallowtail -- Papilio glaucus - 2
Tiger Swallowtail -- Papilio glaucus - 2
Tiger Swallowtail -- Papilio glaucus - 4
Tiger Swallowtail -- Papilio glaucus - 4
Tiger Swallowtail -- Papilio glaucus - 5
Tiger Swallowtail -- Papilio glaucus - 5
white-caterpillar -- no ID
white-caterpillar -- no ID
Monarch Caterpillar on Milkweed leaf - 1
Monarch Caterpillar on Milkweed leaf - 1
Monarch Caterpillar  on Milkweed leaf - 2
Monarch Caterpillar on Milkweed leaf - 2
Toadflax Brocade - Calophasia lunula
Toadflax Brocade - Calophasia lunula
Milkweed Tiger Moth Caterpillars -- Euchaetias egle
Milkweed Tiger Moth Caterpillars -- Euchaetias egle
Milkweed Tussock caterpillars -- defensive thrashing
Milkweed Tussock caterpillars -- defensive thrashing
Furcula (?) moth  caterpillar
Furcula (?) moth caterpillar
one of the instars of the Black Tiger Swallowtail butterflly  eating Aegopodium podagraria 'Variegatum'
one of the instars of the Black Tiger Swallowtail butterflly eating Aegopodium podagraria 'Variegatum'
Phobetron pithecium  - caterpillar
Phobetron pithecium - caterpillar
Phobetron pithecium
Phobetron pithecium
Black Swallowtail caterpillar-- Papilio polyxenes - side
Black Swallowtail caterpillar-- Papilio polyxenes - side
Black Swallowtail caterpillar-- Papilio polyxenes - top
Black Swallowtail caterpillar-- Papilio polyxenes - top
Cecropia cocoon
Cecropia cocoon
Fall cankerworm (?) --  Alsophila pometaria (?)
Fall cankerworm (?) -- Alsophila pometaria (?)
cankerworm damage - view 1
cankerworm damage - view 1
cankerworm damage - view 2
cankerworm damage - view 2
Monarch caterpillar - small
Monarch caterpillar - small
Schizura sp. caterpillar - side view
Schizura sp. caterpillar - side view
Schizura sp. caterpillar - top view
Schizura sp. caterpillar - top view
Monarch caterpillar - 1
Monarch caterpillar - 1
Monarch caterpillar - 2
Monarch caterpillar - 2
Monarch caterpillar - 4
Monarch caterpillar - 4
Monarch caterpillar - head 1
Monarch caterpillar - head 1
Monarch caterpillar - head - 2
Monarch caterpillar - head - 2
Monarch caterpillar - head 3
Monarch caterpillar - head 3
Monarch caterpillar - head 4
Monarch caterpillar - head 4
Monarch caterpillar - 3
Monarch caterpillar - 3
Monarch caterpillar - 5
Monarch caterpillar - 5
Estigmene acrea - view 1
Estigmene acrea - view 1
Estigmene acrea - view 2
Estigmene acrea - view 2
Northern Pine Sphinx - Lapara bombycoides
Northern Pine Sphinx - Lapara bombycoides
Northern Pine Sphinx - Lapara bombycoides
Northern Pine Sphinx - Lapara bombycoides
Lophocampa caryae --  Hickory Tussock Moth caterpilar
Lophocampa caryae -- Hickory Tussock Moth caterpilar
Lophocampa caryae --  Hickory Tussock Moth caterpilar
Lophocampa caryae -- Hickory Tussock Moth caterpilar
Lophocampa caryae --  Hickory Tussock Moth caterpilar
Lophocampa caryae -- Hickory Tussock Moth caterpilar
Pyrrharctia isabella -- Isabella Tiger Moth
Pyrrharctia isabella -- Isabella Tiger Moth
Pyrrharctia isabella -- Isabella Tiger Moth
Pyrrharctia isabella -- Isabella Tiger Moth
Black Swallowtail - Papilio polyxenes
Black Swallowtail - Papilio polyxenes
Black Swallowtail - Papilio polyxenes
Black Swallowtail - Papilio polyxenes
Black Swallowtail - Papilio polyxenes
Black Swallowtail - Papilio polyxenes
Black Swallowtail - Papilio polyxenes
Black Swallowtail - Papilio polyxenes
twig caterpillar -- not ID'd yet
twig caterpillar -- not ID'd yet
caterpillar on raspberry leaf -- not ID'd yet
caterpillar on raspberry leaf -- not ID'd yet
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