Caterpillars of Lepidoptera
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Caterpillars are the larvae of Butterflies and Moths (Lepidoptera). They have biting mouthparts and worm-like bodies with true legs and leg-like appendages, and bear little resemblance to the adult insects. The larvae of sawflies (Symphyta) look similar to the larvae of Lepidoptera, and may be mistaken for caterpillars.

On this webpage, images of caterpillars are organized in the following manner: 1) when we have photographs of the adult lepidopteran AND its caterpillar, both are displayed in the respective species account, in either "Butterflies" or Moths", but the larva is ALSO presented in the “caterpillars”; 2) if we only have images of the larva, it is limited in the this section.

 

    Butterflies caterpillars
(Rhopalocera)
     
    Moth caterpillars
(Heterocera)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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