Kinds of Caterpillars

Caterpillars in North America

Maria Pickering, University of California, Santa Barbara
John Pickering, University of Georgia, Athens
&
Dave Wagner, University of Connecticut

Compiled from Neartica,
Butterflies of North America,
The Butterflies of North America, by James A. Scott,
and other sources.

Scientific name -- Other names
Apatelodidae -- American silkworm moths
   Apatelodes torrefacta (J. E. Smith, 1797) -- Spotted Apatelodes
   Olceclostera angelica (Grote, 1864) -- The Angel
Arctiidae -- Tiger moths; Footman moths; Wasp moths
   Arctia caja (Linnaeus, 1758) -- Garden Tiger Moth; Great Tiger Moth
   Cisseps fulvicollis (Hubner, 1818) -- Yellow-collared Scape Moth
   Cisthene plumbea Streth, 1885 -- Lead-colored Lichen Moth
   Clemensia albata (Packard, 1864) -- Little White Lichen Moth
   Composia fidelissima Herrich-Schäffer, 1866 -- Faithful Beauty
   Ctenucha virginica (Esper, 1794) -- Virginia Ctenucha
   Estigmene acrea (Drury, 1773) -- Salt Marsh Moth
   Euchaetes egle (Drury, 1773) -- Milkweed Tussock Moth; Milkweed Tiger Moth; Milkweed Caterpillar
   Grammia arge (Drury, 1773) -- Arge Moth
   Grammia figurata (Drury, 1773) -- Harnessed Moth
   Halysidota harrisii (Walsh, 1864) -- Sycamore Tussock Moth
   Halysidota tessellaris (Smith, 1797) -- Banded Tussock Moth; Pale Tiger Moth
   Haploa clymene (Brown, 1776) -- Clymene Moth
   Hypercompe scribonia (Stoll, [1790]) -- Giant Leopard Moth; Ecpantheria scribonia
   Hyphantria cunea (Drury, 1773) -- Fall Webworm Moth; Fall Webworm
   Hypoprepia miniata (Kirby, 1837) -- Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
   Lophocampa caryae Harris, 1841 -- Hickory Tussock Moth
   Lophocampa maculata Harris, 1841 -- Spotted Tussock Moth
   Lymire edwardsii (Grote, 1881) -- Edwards Wasp Moth
   Phragmatobia fuliginosa (Linnaeus, 1758) -- Ruby Tiger Moth
   Phragmatobia lineata Newman and Donahue, 1966 -- Lined Tiger Moth
   Pyrrharctia isabella (Smith, 1797) -- Isabella Tiger Moth; Wooly Bear
   Seirarctia echo (Smith, 1797) -- Echo Moth
   Spilosoma virginica (Fabricius, 1798) -- Virginia Tiger Moth
   Syntomeida epilais (Walker, 1854) -- Polka-Dot Wasp Moth; Oleander Caterpillar
   Utetheisa ornatrix (Linnaeus, 1758) -- Bella Moth; Utetheisa bella
   Virbia aurantiaca (Hübner, 1831) -- Orange Holomelina; Holomelina aurantiaca
   Virbia opella (Grote, 1863) -- Tawny Holomelina; Holomelina opella
Bombycidae -- Silk worms
   Bombyx mori (Linnaeus, 1758) -- Silkworm
Lasiocampidae -- Lappet moths; Snout moths
   Artace cribrarius (Ljungh) -- Dot-lined White
   Malacosoma americana (Fabricius, 1793) -- Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth; Eastern Tent Caterpillar
   Malacosoma disstria (Hubner, 1820) -- Forest Tent Caterpillar Moth; Forest Tent Caterpillar
   Phyllodesma americana (Harris, 1841) -- American Lappet Moth
   Tolype velleda (Stoll, 1791) -- Large Tolype; Velleda Lappet Moth
Limacodidae -- Slug-caterpillar moths; Saddleback-caterpillar moths
   Acharia stimulea (Clemens, 1960) -- Saddleback Caterpillar Moth; Saddleback Caterpillar; Sibine stimulea
   Phobetron pithecium J. E. Smith -- Hag Moth
Lymantriidae -- Tussock moths
   Dasychira basiflava (Packard, 1864) -- Yellow-based Tussock Moth
   Dasychira obliquata (Grote and Robinson, 1866) -- Streaked Tussock Moth
   Dasychira pinicola (Dyar, 1991) -- Pine Tussock Moth
   Lymantria dispar (Linnaeus, 1758) -- Gypsy Moth
   Orgyia definita (Packard, 1864) -- Definite Tussock Moth
   Orgyia leucostigma (J. E. Smith, 1797) -- White-marked Tussock Moth
   Basilodes pepita Guenée, 1852 -- Gold Moth
   Cucullia alfarata Strecker, 1898 -- Camphorweed Cucullia Moth
   Diphthera festiva (Fabricius, 1775) -- Hieroglyphic Moth
   Heliothis virescens Fabricius -- Tobacco Budworm; Tobacco Budworm Moth
   Lithophane querquera Grote, 1874 -- Shivering Pinion
   Schinia nundina (Drury, 1773) -- Goldenrod Flower Moth
   Trichordestra legitima Grote, 1864 -- Striped Garden Caterpillar
Notodontidae -- Prominent moths
   Cerura scitiscripta Walker, 1865 -- Black-etched Prominent
   Clostera albosigma (Fitch, 1856) -- Sigmoid Prominent
   Clostera inclusa (Hubner, 1829-31) -- Angle-lined Prominent; Poplar Tentmaker
   Dasylophia anguina (J. E. Smith, 1797) -- Black-spotted Prominent
   Datana contracta (Walker, 1855) -- Contracted Datana
   Datana integerrima (Grote and Robinson, 1866) -- Walnut Caterpillar
   Datana major (Grote and Robinson, 1866) -- Azalea Caterpillar
   Datana ministra (Drury, 1773) -- Yellow-necked Caterpillar
   Ellida caniplaga (Walker, 1856) -- Linden Prominent
   Furcula borealis (Guerin-Menneville, 1832) -- White Furcula
   Furcula cinerea (Walker, 1865) -- Gray Furcula
   Gluphisia septentrionis (Walker, 1855) -- Common Gluphisia
   Heterocampa biundata (Walker, 1855) -- Wavy-lined Heterocampa; Maple Prominent
   Heterocampa guttivitta (Walker, 1855) -- Saddled Prominent
   Heterocampa obliqua (Packard, 1864) -- Oblique Heterocampa
   Heterocampa umbrata (Walker, 1855) -- White-blotched Heterocampa
   Hyperaeschra georgica (Herrich-Schaffer, 1855) -- Georgian Prominent
   Lochmaeus bilineata (Packard, 1864) -- Double-lined Prominent
   Lochmaeus manteo (Doubleday, 1841) -- Variable Oak Leaf Caterpillar Moth
   Macrurocampa marthesia (Cramer, 1780) -- Mottled Prominent
   Misogada unicolor (Packard, 1864) -- Drab Prominent
   Nadata gibbosa (J. E. Smith, 1797) -- White-dotted Prominent
   Nerice bidentata (Walker, 1855) -- Double-toothed Prominent
   Odontosia elegans (Strecker, 1885) -- Elegant Prominent
   Oligocentria lignicolor (Walker, 1855) -- White-streaked Prominent; Lacecapped Caterpillar
   Oligocentria semirufescens (Walker, 1865) -- Red-washed Prominent
   Peridea angulosa (J. E. Smith, 1797) -- Angulose Prominent
   Peridea basitriens (Walker, 1855) -- Oval-based Prominent
   Peridea sp
   Pheosia rimosa (Packard, 1864) -- Black-rimmed Prominent
   Schizura badia (Packard, 1864) -- Chestnut Schizura
   Schizura ipomoeae (Doubleday, 1841) -- Morning-glory Prominent
   Schizura leptinoides (Grote, 1864) -- Black-blotched Schizura
   Schizura unicornis (J. E. Smith, 1797) -- Unicorn Caterpillar Moth
   Symmerista albifrons (J. E. Smith, 1797) -- White-headed Prominent
   Symmerista leucitys (Franclemont, 1946) -- Orange-humped Mapleworm
Nymphalidae -- Brush footed butterflies
   Agraulis vanillae (Linnaeus, 1758) -- Gulf Fritillary; Dione vanillae
   Cercyonis pegala (Fabricius, 1775) -- Wood Nymph
   Coenonympha tullia (Muller, 1764) -- Common Ringlet
   Danaus plexippus (Linnaeus) -- Monarch
   Enodia anthedon Clark, 1936 -- Northern Pearly Eye; Lethe anthedon
   Euptoieta claudia (Cramer, 1775) -- Variegated Fritillary
   Hermeuptychia sosybius (Fabricius, 1793) -- Carolina Satyr
   Junonia coenia Hübner, 1822 -- Buckeye; Common Buckeye
   Limenitis archippus (Cramer, 1776) -- Viceroy
   Limenitis arthemis_astyanax (Fabricius, 1775) -- Red Spotted Purple
   Megisto cymela (Cramer, 1777) -- Little Wood Satyr
   Nymphalis antiopa (Linnaeus, 1758) -- Mourning Cloak
   Phyciodes tharos (Drury, 1773) -- Pearl Crescent
   Polygonia comma (Harris, 1842) -- Eastern Comma
   Polygonia interrogationis (Fabricius, 1798) -- Question Mark
   Polygonia progne (Cramer, 1776) -- Gray Comma
   Satyrodes appalachia (Chermock, 1947) -- Appalachian Brown
   Satyrodes eurydice (Johansson, 1763) -- Eyed Brown; Lethe eurydice
   Speyeria aphrodite (Fabricius, 1787) -- Aphrodite Fritillary
   Speyeria atlantis (Edwards, 1862) -- Atlantis Fritillary
   Speyeria cybele (Fabricius, 1775) -- Great Spangled Fritillary
   Speyeria diana (Cramer, 1777) -- Diana Fritillary
   Speyeria idalia (Drury, 1773) -- Regal Fritillary
   Vanessa atalanta (Linnaeus, 1758) -- Red Admiral
   Vanessa cardui (Linnaeus, 1758) -- Painted Lady
   Vanessa virginiensis (Drury, 1773) -- American Painted Lady; Painted Beauty
   Charadra deridens (Guenée, 1952) -- The Laugher; The Laugher Moth
Papilionidae -- Swallowtail butterflies
   Battus philenor (Linnaeus, 1771) -- Pipevine Swallowtail
   Eurytides marcellus (Cramer, 1779) -- Zebra Swallowtail
   Papilio canadensis -- Canadian Tiger Swallowtail
   Papilio cresphontes Cramer, 1777 -- Giant Swallowtail
   Papilio glaucus -- Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
   Papilio palamedes Drury, 1773 -- Palamedes Swallowtail
   Papilio polyxenes Fabricius, 1775 -- Black Swallowtail
   Papilio rutulus -- Western Tiger Swallowtail
   Papilio troilus Linnaeus, 1758 -- Spicebush Swallowtail
Pieridae -- Yellow white butterflies
   Abaeis nicippe (Cramer, 1780) -- Sleepy orange; Eurema nicippe
   Anthocharis midea (Hübner, 1809) -- Orange-tip; Falcate Orangetip
   Colias cesonia (Stoll, 1790) -- Southern Dogface; Zerene cesonia
   Colias eurytheme (Boisduval, 1852) -- Orange Sulphur; Alfalfa Butterfly
   Colias philodice Godart, 1819 -- Clouded Sulfur
   Eurema lisa (Boisduval and LeConte, 1829) -- Little Sulfur
   Phoebis philea (Johansson, 1763) -- Oranged-barred Sulphur
   Phoebis sennae (Linnaeus, 1758) -- Cloudless Giant Sulphur
   Pieris napi (Linnaeus, 1761) -- Mustard White
   Pieris rapae (Linnaeus, 1758) -- European Cabbage White
   Pontia protodice (Boisd. & LeConte, 1829) -- Checkered White; Pieris protodice
Saturniidae -- Emperor moths; Royal moths; Giant silkworm moths
   Actias luna (Linnaeus, 1758) -- Luna Moth
   Anisota senatoria (J. E. Smith, 1797) -- Orange-striped Oakworm
   Anisota stigma (Fabricius, 1775) -- Spiny Oakworm
   Anisota virginiensis (Drury, 1773) -- Pink-striped Oakworm
   Antheraea polyphemus (Cramer, 1776) -- Polyphemus Moth
   Automeris io (Fabricius, 1775) -- Io Moth; Peacock Moth
   Callosamia promethea (Drury, 1773) -- Promethea Moth; Spicebush Silkmoth
   Citheronia regalis (Fabricius) -- Regal Moth; Hickory Horned Devil; Royal Walnut Moth
   Citheronia sepulcralis (Grote and Robinson) -- Pine Devil
   Dryocampa rubicunda (Fabricius, 1793) -- Rosy Maple Moth
   Eacles imperialis (Drury, 1773) -- Imperial Moth
   Hemileuca maia (Drury, 1773) -- Eastern Buckmoth
   Hyalophora cecropia (Linnaeus, 1758) -- Cecropia Moth; Robin Moth
   Syssphinx hubbardi (Dyar, 1902) -- Larva; Sphingicampa hubbardi
Satyridae -- Satyrs; Wood nymphs
Sphingidae -- Sphinx moths; Hawk moths
   Agrius cingulata Fabricius, 1775 -- Pink-spotted Hawk Moth; Sweetpotato Hornworm
   Amorpha juglandis (J. E. Smtih, 1797) -- Walnut Sphinx; Laothoe juglandis
   Ceratomia amyntor (Geyer, 1835) -- Elm Sphinx; Four-horned Sphinx
   Ceratomia catalpae (Boisduval, 1875) -- Catalpa Sphinx
   Ceratomia undulosa (Walker, 1856) -- Waved Sphinx
   Darapsa choerilus (Cramer) -- Azalea Sphinx; Darapsa pholus
   Darapsa myron (Cramer) -- Virginia Creeper Sphinx; Hog Sphinx
   Darapsa versicolor (Harris) -- Hydrangea Sphinx
   Deidamia inscriptum (Harris, 1839) -- Lettered Sphinx
   Eumorpha fasciatus (Sulzer, 1776)
   Eumorpha pandorus (Hubner, 1821) -- Pandorus Sphinx
   Hemaris diffinis (Boisduval, 1836) -- Snowberry Clearwing
   Hemaris thysbe (Fabricius, 1775) -- Hummingbird Clearwing
   Hyles euphorbiae (Linnaeus, 1758) -- Spurge Hawkmoth; Leafy Spurge Hawkmoth
   Hyles gallii (Rottemburg, 1775) -- Bedstraw Hawkmoth; Bedstraw Hawk
   Hyles lineata (Fabricius, 1775) -- White-lined Sphinx
   Lapara coniferarum (J. E. Smith, 1797) -- Southern Pine Sphinx
   Manduca sexta Linnaeus, 1763 -- Carolina Sphinx Moth; Tomato Hornworm; Tobacco Hornworm
   Pachysphinx modesta (Harris, 1839) -- Modest Sphinx; Big Poplar Sphinx
   Paonias excaecatus (J. E. Smith, 1797) -- Blinded Sphinx
   Paonias myops (J. E. Smith) -- Small-eyed Sphinx
   Paratrea plebeja (Fabricius, 1777) -- Plebeian Sphinx
   Smerinthus jamaicensis (Drury, 1773) -- Twin-spotted Sphinx
   Sphecodina abbottii (Swainson, 1821) -- Abbotts Sphinx
   Sphinx chersis (Hübner, 1823) -- Great Ash Sphinx; Great Ash Sphinx Moth
   Sphinx drupiferarum (J. E. Smith, 1797) -- Wild-cherry Sphinx
   Sphinx gordius (Cramer, 1780) -- Apple Sphinx
   Xylophanes tersa (Linnaeus, 1771) -- Tersa Sphinx

Updated: 2014-03-03 11:31:51

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