Name the Caterpillars
Can You Identify the Caterpillars?
Here's a selection of caterpillar photos that I've taken in all sorts of places from Maine to Kansas to Florida and places in-between. Some are quite unusual and I'll share what fun facts I've been able to discover about these creepy crawly creatures.
Thanks to Phoenix76, all the caterpillars have been identified.
I love taking photos of small things in nature. It might be a mushroom, a tiny flower, moss or an insect. I'll add more photos as I find new and unusual caterpillars. Some have really strange shapes, don't they!
To help you with identifying caterpillars you find, I've included some great links and also identification guides. I recommend getting one of those to keep around. That way you'll be ready when you find your next caterpillar.
Guess the name of this caterpillar - What a strange caterpillar
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Caterpillar Identification Guides on Amazon
I really recommend having at least one of these books on your bookshelf. Just flip through looking for the caterpillars by photos and find out more about each one.
You may think you don't need an identification guide and can just look your strange caterpillar up on the Internet. Think again. It is actually quite difficult to find the name by searching on "green tufted caterpillar with black body." I know because I've tried that and you end up going through page after page of caterpillar photos online with little success.
Eastern North America Caterpillar Guide
A guide like this is ever so handy. You can easily flip through to find the one you are trying to identify. I keep this one on my bookshelf in New Hampshire to identify the caterpillars there.
A Creepy Batch of Caterpillars - Guess the Name of These Caterpillars
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Black Caterpillar with Blue Stripe - Guess Its Name
Peterson's has guides on many nature topics and they are always really good. If you want to examine the field guides before buying one, check at the public library. They usually have several on the shelf.
I have this in addition to the title featured earlier. Each guide is useful in its own way. I like consulting several guides when determining what caterpillar I've found.
Take the quiz below to see the name of this caterpillar.
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Great Leopard Moth
My Sister And Her Entomology Collection
The Insect Collectors in My Family
We lived in the country growing up and one of the 4-H projects that we could choose was insect collecting. Several of my sisters pursued this project and the whole family helped them find insects for their collections.
Our youngest sister, Shannon Martin, took the project to the ultimate level, eventually winning national honors for her activities and getting to attend the National 4-H Congress in Chicago. Here she is at the Butler County 4-H Fair with her insect display.
I remember one of her research projects for entomology involved raising caterpillars and feeding them leaves until they made their cocoons. What excitement there was when they emerged and spread their wings as butterflies. She released them into the wild.
Children Learn about Caterpillars and Butterflies with This
This is a fun and educational activity for kids who want to learn more about caterpillars and butterflies. It comes with a certificate to send in for live caterpillars, and all the information you need to care for your insects as they go through their life stages.
My sister created her own caterpillar and butterfly living spaces but she would have loved being able to get something ready-made like this.
My caterpillar photo on a t-shirt
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Get Children Interested in Caterpillars
The very youngest child will enjoy The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. This is a great read-aloud story for the little ones. Get them interested in nature from a young age. We used this for storytime at the library. It was very popular.
Older children get fascinated by the details of caterpillar lives in nonfiction books.
You can buy the books for your child to keep in their home library or get them on loan from the public library.
Guess the Name of This Caterpillar - Strange orange caterpillar with black tufts of hair
Use This Website to Identify Your Caterpillars
Here's a great site to see lots of caterpillar photos and their names, Discover Life -- Caterpillars identification guide & checklist.
Choose from different characteristics and colors on the chart and it will bring up the most likely caterpillars.
More Caterpillar Photos - By Virginia Allain
Are Some Caterpillars Dangerous?
Watch out for very odd and spiky caterpillars, some of these caterpillars are venomous.
© 2010 Virginia Allain