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Moth Caterpillars by Family

family Arctiidae, 11000 species

sub-family Arctiinae  (tiger moths)

Isabella tiger moth
Pyrrharctia isabella
(USA)
Virginia ctenucha
Ctenucha virginica
(USA)

family Geometridae  (loopers, inchworms)

Dysphania militaris
(Kep, Cambodia)
unidentified
(Taman Negara, Malaysia)

family Lasiocampidae  (tent moths and lappet moths)

lappet moth
Kunugia divaricata
(Cameron Highlands, Malaysia)
eastern tent caterpillar
Malacosoma americanum
(Illinois, USA)

family Lymantriidae  (tussock moths, 2500 species)

Calliteara horsfieldii
(Mondulkiri, Cambodia)
Calliteara horsfieldii
(Bach Ma, Vietnam)
yellow-based tussock moth
Dasychira basiflava
(Illinois, USA)
milkweed tussock moth
Euchaetes egle
(Illinois, USA)
banded tussock moth
Halysidota tessellaris
(USA)
painted pine moth
Orgyia australis
(Cuc Phuong, Vietnam)
white-marked tussock moth
Orgyia leucostigma
(Illinois, USA)
unidentified
(Khanchanaburi, Thailand)
unidentified
(Cuc Phuong, Vietnam)

family Noctuidae  (owlet moths, 35000 known species)

sub-family Acronictinae   (dagger moths / armyworms / cutworms)

paddle caterpillar
(funerary dagger moth)
Acronicta funeralis
(USA)
smartweed caterpillar
smeared dagger moth
Acronicta funeralis
(USA)
Henry's marsh moth
Simyra henrici
(USA)

sub-family Catocalinae

Tinolius eburneigutta
(Khanchanaburi, Thailand)
Tinolius eburneigutta
(Malaysia)

sub-family Cuculliinae

The Asteroid  (purple phase)
Cucullia asteroides
(USA)
The Asteroid  (brown phase)
Cucullia asteroides
(USA)
The Asteroid  (green phase)
Cucullia asteroides
(USA)
brown hooded owlet moth
Cucullia convexipennis
(USA)

family Notodontidae  (prominent moths, 3500 known species)

morning glory prominent
moth caterpillar
Schizura ipomoeae
(Michigan, USA)
morning glory prominent
moth caterpillar
Schizura ipomoeae
(Michigan, USA)
unidentified prominent
moth caterpillar
(Sulawesi, Indonesia)
unidentified prominent
moth caterpillar
(Ream, Cambodia)

family Saturniidae  (giant silkworm moths, 1500 species)

polyphemus moth
Antheraea polyphemus
(Illinois, USA)

family Sphingidae  (sphinx moths / hawk moths / hornworms, 1200 species)

grey sphinx moth
Agrius convolvuli
(Gelendzhik, Russia)
Phaeton sphinx moth
Euproserpinus phaeton
(California, USA)
white-lined sphinx moth
(green phase)
Hyles lineata
(California, USA)
lime hawkmoth
Mimas tiliae
(UK)
lime hawkmoth
Mimas tiliae
(UK)
unidentified sphinx moth
(Taveuni, Fiji)
unidentified sphinx moth
(Cat Tien, Vietnam)

other moth families

Tarcon sp.
(Costa Rica)
Apatelodes sp.
(Costa Rica)
family Apatelodidae

Butterfly Caterpillars by Family

family Nymphalidae  (brushfoot butterflies, 5000 species)

sub-family Heliconiinae  (longwing butterflies)

great spangled fritillary
Speyeria cybele
(USA)
Andean silverspot
Dione glycera
(Costa Rica)
leopard lacewing
Cethosia cyane
(Siem Reap, Cambodia)

sub-family Nymphalinae  ("true" brushfoot butterflies)

genus Polygonia  (anglewing butterflies)

eastern comma
Polygonia comma
(USA)
question mark
Polygonia interrogationis
(USA)

other genuses

common buckeye
Junonia coenia
(USA)
red admiral
Vanessa atalanta
(USA)

family Papilionidae  (swallowtail butterflies)

eastern black swallowtail
Papilio polyxenes
(USA)
unidentified swallowtail
(USA)

other butterfly families

viceroy
Basilarchia archippus
(Michigan, USA)
family Limenitinae
monarch
Danaus plexippus
(Illinois, USA)
sub-family Danainae
monarch
Danaus plexippus
(Illinois, USA)
sub-family Danainae

unidentified butterfly or moth caterpillars

(Vietnam) (Cuc Phuong, Vietnam) (Russia) (Philippines) (Vanua Levu, Fiji)
(Monkey River, Belize) jumping spider
eating caterpillar
(Belize)