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Types of Caterpillars with Helpful Identification Chart & Pictures

Types of Caterpillars with Helpful Identification Chart & Pictures

Caterpillars come in many shapes, sizes, colors, and types. Some types of caterpillars have soft smooth colorful bodies that can be green, black, orange, or white. Some of these caterpillars may have stripped bodies or have interesting camouflage markings. Other kinds of caterpillars have furry bodies, spiky bodies, or horns on their bodies or heads. A caterpillar identification chart can help you identify the different types of caterpillars.

Furry Caterpillar Types with An Identification Chart and Pictures

Furry Caterpillar Types with An Identification Chart and Pictures

Furry caterpillars are a fascinating type of insect that usually turn into moths. Most types of furry caterpillars feed on the leaves of plants and trees. Although many hairy caterpillars look scary, most are quite harmless. There are some spiky caterpillars that are poisonous and can give you a bee-like sting or cause skin irritation. So, until you identify the exact caterpillar species, you should avoid handling the furry ones without protective gloves.

Black Caterpillar Identification With Pictures (Including Black Fuzzy Caterpillars)

Black Caterpillar Identification With Pictures (Including Black Fuzzy Caterpillars)

Black caterpillars are insects that come in all shapes and sizes. All species of caterpillars belong to the order of insects called Lepidoptera. After hatching from an egg, caterpillars gorge on a diet of plant and tree leaves. Many types of black caterpillars are interesting to look at and some look quite scary. Some species of caterpillars are black and fuzzy with hair-like spines. Other common black caterpillars have vibrant orange or yellow markings.

Types of Green Caterpillars with Identification Guide and Pictures

Types of Green Caterpillars with Identification Guide and Pictures

Green caterpillars are some of the most commonly recognizable crawling insects in the wild. All types of caterpillars, including green ones, gorge on a diet of plant and tree leaves. Some of the largest and fattest insects in the Lepidoptera order are green caterpillars. Green caterpillars are identified by their size, specific markings, spines or spikes, and plant food they feed on.

Stinging Caterpillars Identification Guide With Pictures (Including Poisonous Caterpillars)

Stinging Caterpillars Identification Guide With Pictures

While most types of caterpillars are harmless, there are some species of stinging caterpillars. Caterpillars that are toxic and sting are generally hairy or have spikes on their bodies. Handling one of these dangerous caterpillars could leave you with a nasty sting similar to a bee’s sting. Before picking up any kind of caterpillar, it is important to identify the species to know if it is harmless or not.

Types of Striped Caterpillars with Pictures for Easy Identification

Types of Striped Caterpillars with Pictures for Easy Identification

Caterpillars are larvae in the class Insecta that turn into beautiful moths or butterflies. Striped caterpillars are some of the most striking caterpillars you will find in your garden or in the wild. Different species of caterpillars with stripes can be identified by their vibrant colors, hairiness, number of spines, or size. Some of the most interesting striped caterpillars have black, white, and yellow stripes and long horns.

Horned Caterpillars: Tomato Hornworm, Dragon Headed Caterpillar, and More

Horned Caterpillars

Horned caterpillars are crawling insects which are the larvae of moths and butterflies. The “horns” on some types of caterpillars are used in defense to ward off potential predators. Some types of hornworms have a horn-like tail that they wag to frighten other animals. Other horned caterpillars have spiky-looking structures giving the grub a horned appearance.

Yellow Caterpillars with Identification Guide and Pictures

Yellow Caterpillars with Identification Guide and Pictures

Yellow caterpillars are larvae that turn to stunning moths or butterflies. Some types of yellow caterpillars are fuzzy-looking and others have smooth segmented bodies typical of many species of caterpillars. Sometimes, yellow fuzzy caterpillars can be poisonous. Although they are not toxic enough to kill you, touching them can cause skin irritation.