Photo Gallery: Caterpillars and what they Become

Additional Photos and Information:

List includes caterpillars for which we do not as yet have corresponding moth or butterfly photos | See also: Caterpillars of Eastern Forests (PDF) (US Forest Service)


For a listing of butterflies in Maine (with photos), visit the Maine Butterfly Survey site. And, for a comprehensive listing of backyard tree caterpillars (with photos), check out the USGS’s Caterpillars of Eastern Forests.


Various Other Caterpillars (with links to other sites for adult-stage images):

See also: Caterpillars of Eastern Forests (PDF) (US Forest Service) and some examples of sawfly larvae which highly resemble caterpillars (scroll to bottom of page).

Links to Images of Adult Stage:


Examples of Sawfly Larvae:

Sawfly larvae look like caterpillars but they are actually the larvae of primitive wasp-like insects.


Sawflies:

Sawflies (adult sawflies are also called “Stingless wasps” because they highly resemble wasps but they do not sting)