Black flat fuzzy worm (Soldier beetle larvae)
Pincher things in front, six legs in middle of body. Back half moved like an inch worm. Head is tan on top with 2 black dots
Fuzzy Yellow Worm with Orange Whiskers (sycamore tussock moth caterpillar)
by Kathy Arnold
I saw this cute fuzzy yellow worm in New Johnsonville State Historic Park, in TN. I've seen them before but I've never known what they are called. This picture was taken a couple of weeks ago, on Sept. 28th.
It wasn't very big, around an inch long. It was on a fallen tree beside the lake. The weather was sunny but cool in the shade and this little guy was in a bit of that shade. I don't know if that makes a difference or not.
I really appreciate your help in identifying this little fellow! He's very handsome and I'd like to give him a name.
black spiked caterpillar with orange feet and yellow/white stripes (Common buckeye)
by Laila Hassan-Meyer
The caterpillar was found in grass next to our house. It's about 2-3 inches long. It has black spiked fur all over it and the legs look orange. There is also yellow and white looking stripes on top and the bottom sides of the caterpillar. We live in Stewartsville, Missouri.
Grey Caterpillar with Black Spots (Sawfly larvae)
by Peter Haschke
(Asheville, NC, USA)
I have this horrible caterpillar infestation on what I think is an Abelia. Every may after the shrub has flowered all leaves are completely devoured and the plant is left completely defoliated by a hoard of grey caterpillars. The caterpillars are grey on the top and have a whitish pale underside. There are place spots running across the body of the beast. I live in Asheville, NC. The attached photo was taken today (May 27, 2014).
Any help identifying these as well as suggestions on how to deal with the best without harsh pesticides would be greatly appreciated.
Black & white caterpillar with yellow/orange legs (Dogwood sawfly)
Black & white caterpillar with yellow/orange legs. Found it crawling on some clothes that I had hanging on the clothes line, assuming it came down from a tree. There is no hair on this caterpillar.
West Virginia grey caterpillar (Crescent caterpillar)
The caterpillar is about 2 inches long, it has protrusions that end in circles of red/purple hairs.
Gray caterpillar with red stripes outlined in black and yellow dots (Geometrid caterpillar)
(Canastota, N.Y., USA)
Don't know what he was on. My husband came in from yard work and felt something crawling on his neck! Pretty sure it's a Geometrid, not sure what one.
yellow green stripped caterpillar with yellow eyes (Silver-spotted skipper caterpillar)
Yellow-green caterpillars varying in size from .5 inches to 1.5 inches eating my wisteria. They have what appear to be stripes around the girth giving them a closed accordion like look. The large one has orange-yellow eyes. I discovered that they 'glue' together 2 leaves to form a leaf- cocoon or leaf- cave.
Bright green caterpillar with white lines, brown face (Polyphemus moth caterpillar)
(Lincoln, CA )
This lime green critter is hanging from a branch of our plum (?) tree in our back yard. He so stands out against the purple leaves of the tree. He is about the size of my index finger. We are having a very hot summer here in our neck of the woods (outside of Sacramento CA), but that is not unusual. So what do you think!? Thank you in advance for your assistance!
Fat and green with blue dots (Spicebush swallowtail caterpillar)
This "worm" is a beautiful green with blue dots running down its back. Big "eyes", and body is about 2" long. He fell out of a strawberry plant when I was sampling the fruit! Found at 3pm 7/14/15 in rural Montoursville, PA.
Brown caterpillar Geometrid (Stout spanworm moth caterpillar)
Moni requested more photos.
Purple "worm" with dark spots (Armyworm)
by Ray Cruz
(Cypress, CA USA)
I found this digging in my dirt this morning. It was sticking its head in the hole then taking it out and putting the dirt in a pile. It has since dug the hole and climbed in it.
Huge tan caterpillar with spots on sides. (Achemon sphinx caterpillar)
by Sharon Wielgus
(Green Lake County, WI, USA)
Found this on a wild grapevine today. From another description on this site, I think it might be an Achemon Sphinx caterpillar. It's certainly the largest caterpillar I've ever seen, didn't have a "horn", just a dark single spot on rump. The white spots on its sides looked like tiny spirals. It had a very large, flat fronted face. Body was very smooth, with tiny darker dots on it. The grandkids were fascinated, and after studying it and taking pictures, we put it back outside on a grapevine to continue its life cycle. Would love to know what the adult moth looks like.
large green-brown caterpillar with white spots (Pandora sphinx moth caterpillar )
"Since it was found on our treated deck and probably wants to burrow underground to pupate, I wouldn't have wanted to hold it captive. I let it loose on vegetation after photographing it."
Black caterpillar , 1/2 inch, stripes (Yellow-striped armyworm)
A 1/2 inch insect, black in color, with a reddish head, white or yellow stripes, moves rather faster then a caterpillar, two very small black eyes. Insect on a small rock.
white 'hairy' caterpillar (Butternut woollyworm)
by Brad Middleton
(Pfafftown, NC, USA)
caterpillar with white, fuzzie, uneven 'hair', about 1 inch long
Spiky little Caterpillar (Euclea slug caterpillar)
by Lettie Barnes
(Enid, Oklahoma, USA)
Green, very small and extremely spiky....found on my car in Enid, Oklahoma.
brown Caterpillar with mask like face! (Sphinx caterpillar)
(Windsor, Ontario )
large round body!,dark brown with light brown speks along its body, big face almost looks like its wearing a mask with huge eyes!
Large green and hairy with horns caterpillar (Imperial moth caterpillar)
This caterpillar was found on a sidewalk below an oak tree in Hyattsville, MD (a suburb of Washington, DC).
It's about 4 inches long with 12 segments. It's brownish green.
The 2nd and 3rd segments have a pair of horns, and all the segments have tufts of hair and white spots on the lower sides.
The first three segments have small yellow legs; the 6th through 9th segments have larger, darker legs.
The head is yellow with a vertical black stripe. The tail is made of three triangular yellow-and-black plates.
Tiny Yellow/Black/White Caterpillar (Introduced pine sawfly)
I live in the very southern tip of Maine - this little guy (maybe an inch long) was just loitering on my railing and I'm curious as to what it might be. There was another nearby that was closer to 2 inches, stuck to the side of my house. Mostly yellow and black, white stripe down the length of the back, black head, black feet. Neither of them had any hair. Not sure if it's actually a caterpillar or just a type of colourful worm but either way I'm not too concerned about their presence - yet. I've looked through a number of photos on this website and others and can't quite find one that matches.
Lime green center ( Saddleback Caterpillar )
by Darlene Galwach
(Templeton, Pa. United States)
This lil fellow/gal has been on the leaf of the morning glory for two days now. Seems to enjoy munching on it. Bright green in its mid section with an opening in the center of the green, a sort of brown hole. Red eyes or what look like eyes and brown hairy legs. The rest of the body is brown in color.
Nearing the end of the growing season here in Pa. So I have just left it alone. Also because I am not sure if it is safe to touch it or not.
I have never seen such a creature before. Any information you may have on it will be deeply appreciated. Thank You Very Much for your time!
This was found in Templeton, Pa. US.
Green caterpillar with intermittent stripes (Olive green cutworm)
I found this caterpillar on our patio on Nov. 11th. We have searched our books and the internet and haven't been able to identify it. However, a google search yielded a picture from this website that is a perfect match. But, we haven't been able to find the picture to identify it. It's about 1-1/2" long. Thanks, Moni!
green caterpillar (Imperial moth caterpillar)
(Fair Oaks Ranch Texas)
Large green caterpillar approximately 2-3 inches long and half inch wide. Red face. small yellow nubs all over.
found in san antonio texas
Tiny yellow/green with white & black spot and orange "hair" (Saddleback caterpillar)
by Robert Cochran
(Lincoln University, Chester County, PA)
Where: Lincoln University, PA (Southern Chester County near Maryland and Delaware borders)
When: August 5, 2016 around 2:00PM
What: tiny (1/4" to 3/8" +/-) caterpillar of yellow/green with a single black spot bordered in white. Orange hair on each end which may be needles or barbs.
Activity: it was on the underside tip of an ornamental cherry tree leaf and not moving. I "found" it when my face brushed up against it and I thought I had been bitten.
strange white hairy crawling insect (Southern Flannel moth caterpillar)
by Michael Koris
It was crawling appeared to have many legs like a centiped, looked like it had a segmented body when it walked. Its was covered in white hair with a orange stripe down its back.
Fat hairless green caterpillar (Pandora sphinx caterpillar )
(Upper Marlboro, Maryland)
This large, fat caterpillar was lying in the middle of our lawn early one morning. It was about 2 1/2 inches long and maybe 1/2 inch in diameter, didn't have any visible hair, seemed slimy, and had a single eye spot on the top of one end. It was alive, and whipped itself around when I gently touched it with a blade of grass.
We live near Upper Marlboro, Maryland