Collection caterpillar identification

Basic steps: Answer one or more questions on right by clicking checkboxes. Repeat steps and narrowing down the possibilities. This caterpillar identification guide is easy to use and accurate.

Find out if your caterpillar is rare, or if it stings. Hey I found a caterpillar !

When I was young, we were always on the lookout for cool insects, especially cool caterpillars. I have been helping people ID specimens ever since I was a kid. Look for caterpillars on the underside of leaves of their host plants out of the way of predators.

Some will hide during the day in shelters of leaves and grass and only feed at night. They are fascinating to watch as they feed on their host plant. There may not be much left of the . Here is a brief overview about some of the most common types of caterpillars and their characteristic features.

Horticultural Crops this guide provides information about the biology and characteristics of caterpillars that can damage crops and also provides instructions for preserving caterpillar specimens. Cairns Birdwing, Ornithoptera euphorion. One of our more bizarre caterpillars , . Clicking on the thumbnail images will open a species page with photographs and details – images shown are not to scale.

Moth and Butterfly Larvae. Tischeria ekebladella (larva) Six-spot Burnet, Zygaena filipendulae ( caterpillar ) Psychoides filicivora (larva) . Both lepidopteran and symphytan larvae have eruciform body shapes. Shaped like a caterpillar. Characterized by a well-developed head capsule, thoracic legs, and abdominal prolegs. Caterpillars of most species.

Seen in Lepidoptera and Symphyta. Greek, Oisophagos = gullet). The part of the foregut between the mouth and the Crop . Net and many of the photos here at MPG came originally from there. See the Books Page for USDA Forest .

Each spring she has a great time running around our garden collecting caterpillars and raising them into butterflies. The problem we always had was how to identify them before they . Since childhood I have sought to identify and catalog the many species that inhabit our green spaces, from the smallest vacant lots to the largest wildlife refuges. This quest has provided me with a unique education in the natural history of New England. In many species , the female may produce from 2to 6eggs, while in others, the number may approach 30eggs in one day.

The caterpillars hatching from these eggs can cause damage to large quantities of crops. Many moth and butterfly species are of economic interest by virtue of their role as pollinators, the silk . Gardeners interested in attracting butterflies to the garden must know how to identify their larvae, or else risk decimating the next generation of butterflies with a round of pesticides. Troubridge, Paul Opler, Jon Shepar and Lars Crabo. The following people helped collect and rear caterpillars : Paul Hanson, Jean Miller, . During mid- to late summer and early autumn, large , unusually shape colorful caterpillars are often seen.

These caterpillars , larvae of moths and butterflies, feed on leaves of various trees, shrubs, and other plants. The exact host plant or plants vary with each species of caterpillar. Most giant caterpillars are discovered. Most of us would recognize the fuzzy black-and- brown -banded woolly bear caterpillar or the distinctive monarch caterpillar and its striking bands of yellow, black and white.

But there are many caterpillars we might encounter in the Upper Delaware River region that are more challenging to identify.