Intriguing Owlet Moth and Caterpillar Photography Slideshow

Check out a selection of quirky and stunning owlet moth and caterpillar images from all over eastern North America.



Sordid Snout Caterpillar
"Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America" showcases 2,100 color photographs illustrating 800 species of owlet moths and caterpillars, many of them never documented before. Captured here is a Sordid Snout Caterpillar, Hypena sordidula. 
PHOTO: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
Citrus Fruitpiercer Caterpillar
Citrus Fruitpiercer Caterpillar, Gonodonta nutrix: While the handsome black and orange caterpillars often attract attention from growers and the casual passerby, the larvae are rarely abundant enough to cause significant damage.
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Sordid Snout Moth
Sordid Snout Moth
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Citrus Fruitpiercer Moth
Citrus Fruitpiercer Moth
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Pink Underwing Caterpillar
Pink Underwing Caterpillar, Catocala concumbens: This willow- and poplar-feeding underwing caterpillar is mature mostly in July. 
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Three-staff Underwing Moth
Three-staff Underwing Moth
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Three-staff Underwing Caterpillar
Three-staff Underwing Caterpillar, Catocala amestris: The belly of this caterpillar is marked in black and yellow which likely serves as a flash coloration that disappears once the caterpillar rights itself.
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Pink Underwing Moth
Pink Underwing Moth
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White Underwing Moth
White Underwing Moth
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White Underwing Caterpillar
White Underwing Caterpillar, Catocala relicta: This caterpillar feeds on aspen, other poplars and willow trees.
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Gray Cypress Looper Caterpillar
Gray Cypress Looper Caterpillar, Cutina albopunctella: Common in swamps, blackwater streams and other cypress wetlands, this caterpillar hangs out on branches with new growth. The light green colors there help with its camoflauge.
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Orange Panopoda Caterpillar
Orange Panopoda Caterpillar, Panopoda repanda: The Orange Panopoda caterpillar has a large head and tapered body which is unusual compared to other owlets.
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Gray Cypress Looper Moth
Gray Cypress Looper Moth
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Curve-lined Owlet Moth
Curve-lined Owlet Moth
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Orange Panopoda Moth
Orange Panopoda Moth
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Light Marathyssa Caterpillar
Light Marathyssa Caterpillar, Marathyssa Basalis: Poison Ivy is this caterpillar's food of choice.
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Curve-lined Owlet Caterpillar
Curve-lined Owlet Caterpillar, Phyprosopus callitrichoides: This caterpillar mimics dead leaves with its fantastically bizarre and wholly uncaterpillarlike tenticle. 
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Blurry-patched Nola Moth
Blurry-patched Nola Moth
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Pink-patched Looper Caterpillar
Pink-patched Looper Caterpillar, Eosphoropteryx thyatyroides: Much of Canada, the Georgia mountains and Missouri are habitat for this caterpillar that eats grasses and sedges.
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Blurry-patched Nola Caterpillar
Blurry-patched Nola Caterpillar, Nola cilicoides: By tunneling into leaves, this larvae will give away its presence by leaving large blotches behind.
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Yellow Spragueia Moth
Yellow Spragueia Moth
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The Laugher Caterpillar
The Laugher Caterpillar, Charadra deridens: This caterpillar matures from late June to October and does well on tough summer foliage.
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Square-eyed Dagger Caterpillar
Square-eyed Dagger Caterpillar, Acronicta quadrata: This caterpillar eats serviceberry, cherry, willow and poplar trees.
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Yellow Spragueia Caterpillar
Yellow Spragueia Caterpillar, Spragueia apicalis: Bird-dropping caterpillars like this one drop and remain motionless when disturbed.
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Hieroglyphic Moth
Hieroglyphic Moth
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The Laugher Moth
The Laugher Moth
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Hieroglyphic Caterpillar
Hieroglyphic Caterpillar, Diphthera festiva: The coloring of these caterpillars warns birds and other predators that their skin is protected by chemicals.
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The Brother Caterpillar
The Brother Caterpillar, Raphia frater: Brother caterpillars rest on leaf undersides by day and are easily found by turning branches or examining leaves from below.
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The Brother Moth
The Brother Moth
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Oak Dagger Caterpillar
Eclipsed Oak Dagger Caterpillar, Acronicta increta: This species of the Dagger caterpillar has complex and bright white dorsal patches that fluoresce under far ultraviolet radiation.
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Lesser Oak Dagger Caterpillar
Lesser Oak Dagger Caterpillar, Acronicta exilis: These caterpillars need wood or bark in order to go into pupation.
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Narrow-winged Dagger Moth
Narrow-winged Dagger Moth
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Miller Dagger Caterpillar
Miller Dagger Caterpillar, Acronicta vulpina: This hairy caterpillar can be found in transcontinental Canada and the Great Lakes region.
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Narrow-winged Dagger Caterpillar
Narrow-winged Dagger Caterpillar, Acronicta lanceolaria: This caterpillar eats alder, blackberry, blueberry, bush clover, oak, red pine, spirea, sweet fern, willow and many other low-growing perennial plants and trees.
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Harris's Three-spot Moth
Harris's Three-spot Moth
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Cottonwood Dagger Caterpillar
Cottonwood Dagger Caterpillar, Acronicta lepusculina: Cottonwood and other poplars, birch, alder and willow trees play host to this flashy caterpillar.
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Harris's Three-spot Caterpillar
Harris's Three-spot Caterpillar, Harrisimemna trisignata: By almost any measure, this is an exceptional animal — the caterpillar resembles bird droppings, a pile of debris, a moldy cadaver, a spider and who knows what else.
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Pine Sallow Moth
Pine Sallow Moth
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Sunflower Seedcopper Caterpillar
Sunflower Seedcopper Caterpillar, Stiria rugifrons: This caterpillar is unmistakable in shape, coloration, behavior and always appears in association with sunflowers.
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Pine Sallow Caterpillar
Pine Sallow Caterpillar, Feralia major: This emerald caterpillar with creamy stripes hides among pine barrens, woodlands and forests with both hard and white pine trees.
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Hitched Arches Caterpillar
Hitched Arches Caterpillar, Melanchra adjuncta: This caterpiller consumes many plants that are toxic to other generalists such as bracken, elderbery, milkweed and parsley. This caterpillar regurgitates when threatened.
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Mustard Sallow Caterpillar
Mustard Sallow Caterpillar, Pyreferra hesperidago: Waxy white with bands of lemon yellow, this caterpillar matures in May and in June.
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Sunflower Seedcopper
Sunflower Seedcopper Caterpillar, Stiria rugifrons: The texture and behavior of this caterpillar matches its sunflower host to perfection.
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Mustard Sallow Moth
Mustard Sallow Moth
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Convict Caterpillar
Convict Caterpillar, Xanthopastis regnatrix: The Convict Caterpillar appears to have two heads to its predators and is almost certainly protected by chemicals in its skin.
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Hitched Arches Moth
Hitched Arches Moth
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Convict Moth
Convict Moth
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Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America
"Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America" by David L. Wagner, Dale F. Schweitzer, J. Bolling Sullivan & Richard C. Reardon is an illustrated field guide that identifies 800 owlet caterpillar species. 
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Western Bean Cutworm
Western Bean Cutworm, Striacosta albicosta: This cutworm is principally found in agricultural fields of the Great Plains from Minnesota southward into Central America. They feed mostly at night by tunneling.
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Citrus Fruitpiercer Caterpillar 2
Citrus Fruitpiercer Caterpillar, Gonodonta nutrix, stretched out: This caterpillar's prominent orange or salmon spots are highly variable.
PHOTO: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
Western Bean Moth
Western Bean Moth
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