Saturday, June 5, 2010

10 Most Beautiful and Colorful Caterpillars

 A caterpillar is the larva of butterfly and moth or some other insects. There are caterpillars that are edible, but most of them are considered pest to plants and trees. There are also caterpillars that are harmful to animals (including humans) because they contain toxin and venom, but of course, there are also plenty of them that are also attractive because they’re brightly and uniquely colored.

 Spurge Hawk-Moth Caterpillar

It can be found in Kriegtal near Binn, Valais, Switzerland at ca. 2 km altitude. This is one of the most beautiful caterpillars.
 Stinging Rose Caterpillars

It also called rose slug caterpillars, are truly colorful characters that can be found in the forests of the eastern United States. It looks like one of the ocean species, very beautiful.
 Red-Footed Fuzzy-Wuzzy Caterpillar

It is a weird caterpillar that normally lives in Costa Rica; it looks like an animal.
 Azalea Caterpillar

It appears hairy and it is harmless to humans and is a serious pest of azaleas.
 Saddleback Caterpillar

This unique caterpillar is a stinging caterpillar. Acharia stimulea or the saddleback caterpillar has stiff spines with potent poison glands. Stings can be very painful. They can cause swelling, nausea, and leave a rash that can last for days. The saddleback caterpillar feeds on many plants including hibiscus and palms.
 Tetrio Sphinx Caterpillar

This is the Tetrio sphinx moth caterpillar of the Sphingidae family. It ranges from Brazil in South America to the southern US.
 Monarch Caterpillar

It is the larva of Monarch butterfly; it has beautiful stripes combination of tiger and zebra.
 Hickory Horned Devil

It has a scary and frightful appearance because of the five pairs of long, curved hornlike structures over the back of its thorax. Just like its name, it looks like a devil with its weird look.
 Old World Swallowtail Caterpillar

Another caterpillar with beautiful color combination is the larva of the Old World Swallowtail (Papilio machaon), a butterfly of the family Papilionadae. It occurs throughout the Palearctic region in Europe and Asia; it also occurs across North America, and thus is not restricted to the Old World, despite the common name.
Cecropia Moth Caterpillar

This caterpillar looks adorable with its pretty combination of colors; it looks like a colorful cactus. It is the larva of the cecropia moth, one of the largest moths found in North America. This is my favorite among these nine beautiful caterpillars.


  1. thanks for sharing gives more knowledge to somebody who doesnt know about caterpillars...

  2. The Red-Footed Fuzzy-Wuzzy Caterpillar has not been given a scientific name yet so isnt that just a temporary name? This is a very helpful site thank you!

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