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We love watching butterflies! Getting to know butterflies is fun, but can be difficult at times and frustrating as you try to learn new ones. Likewise, identifying caterpillaries can be overwhelming ... let's start with just a few common ones!

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

 

Read about the Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

Anise Swallowtail Caterpillar

 

Read about the Anise Swallowtail

Anise Swallowtail Caterpillar

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

 

Read about the Spicebush Swallowtail

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar

 

Read about the Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail caterpillar

Monarch Caterpillar

 

Read about the Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Caterpillar

Queen Caterpillar

 

Read about the Queen Butterfly

Queen Caterpillar

Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar

 

Read about the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar

Variegated Fritillary Caterpillar

 

Read about the Variegated Fritillary Butterfly

Variegated Fritillary Caterpillar

Mourning Cloak Caterpillar

Read about the Mourning Cloak Butterfly

Mourning Cloak Butterfly Caterpillar

Painted Lady Caterpillar

Read about the Painted Lady Butterfly

Painted Lady Butterfly ... Caterpillar

Eastern Tent Caterpillar

Eastern Tent Caterpillar

Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar (Xylophanes tersa)

Shown eating on Pentas

The upperside of the Tersa Sphinx moth's forewing is pale brown with lavender-gray at the base, with dark brown lines.

Read about the Tersa Sphinx Moth

Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar

Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar (Xylophanes tersa)

Another instar (brown) of the Tersa Sphinx caterpillar

Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar

Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar (Xylophanes tersa) dining on Pentas

Another instar (brown) of the Tersa Sphinx caterpillar

Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar

 

 

Is It a Black Swallowtail, Monarch, or Queen Caterpillar?

The caterpillars of the Black Swallowtail, Monarch and Queen all feature white, yellow and black markings. But which one are you seeing? Check the images below for the differences between the three caterpillars.

Comparison between the Monarch, Queen and Black Swallowtail caterpillars

 

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