19 fascinating caterpillars… and the butterflies they become

You won’t believe the transformation these crazy caterpillars make…

1. Saddleback caterpillar (Acharia stimulea)

A member of the slug caterpillar family native to eastern North AmericaAcharia Stimulea 1 Acharia Stimulea 2

2. Translucent jewel caterpillar (Acraga coa)

Found in Central and South America Acraga Coa 1 Acraga Coa 2

3. Atlas moth (Attacus atlas)

The largest moth on the planet in larval formAttacus Atlas 1 Attacus Atlas 2

4. Black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)

This North American caterpillar morphs into Oklahoma’s state butterfly Black Swallowtail 1 Black Swallowtail 2

5. Blue morpho (Morpho peleides)

This barbed yellow caterpillar lives in the Amazon and becomes the beautiful blue morpho butterflyBlue Morpho 1 Blue Morpho 2

6. Brahmin moth (Brahmaea wallichii)

Also known as the owl moth, this insect is found in India Brahmin Moth 1 Brahmin Moth 2

7. Cecropia moth (Hyalophora cecropia)

This giant silk moth is North America’s largest Cecropia 1 Cecropia 2

8. Puss moth (Cerura vinula)

Native to Europe and northern Africa Cerura Vinula 1 Cerura Vinula 2

9. Flannel Moth (Megalopyge opercularis)

This grub has hidden spines beneath its soft hairsFlannel Moth 1 Flannel Moth 2

10. Glass Winged Butterfly (Greta oto)

As adults, these butterflies are famous for their long migrations Glass Winged Butterfly 1 Glass Winged Butterfly 2

11. Hubbard’s small silkmoth (Sphingicampa hubbardi)

These caterpillars live in Arizona and are harmless (no matter how scary they look)Hubbard’s Small Silkmoth 1 Hubbard’s Small Silkmoth 2

12. Io Moth (Automeris io)

A silk moth native to CanadaIo Moth 1 Io Moth 2

13. Crowned slug moth (Isa textula)

Native to North America, these caterpillars leave zig-zag tracks on leaves

Isa Textula 1 Isa Textula 2

14. Spun glass slug moth (Isochaetes beutenmuelleri)

Found in Florida, this caterpillar’s spines contain an irritant (so don’t touch)

Isochaetes Beutenmuelleri 1 Isochaetes Beutenmuelleri 2

15. Monkey slug (Phobetron pithecium)

The truly bizarre larval form of the hag moth

Phobetron Pithecium 1 Phobetron Pithecium 2

16. Pipevine swallowtail (Battus philenor)

This nightmarish hellbeast lives in North and Central AmericaPipevine Swallowtail 1 Pipevine Swallowtail 2

17. Tailed emperor (Polyura sempronius)

A rare Australian caterpillar that grows into the tailed emperorPolyura Sempronius 1 Polyura Sempronius 2

18. Spicebush swallowtail (Papilio troilus)

Their large eyespots warn predators away Spicebush Swallowtail 1 Spicebush Swallowtail 2

19. Spotted apatelodes (Apatelodes torrefacta)

Though you can’t see them, this caterpillar’s legs are bright red Spotted Apatelodes 1 Spotted Apatelodes 2

 

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