11 Beautiful, Colorful and Unique Caterpillars
Here’s a list of the prettiest, unique and brightly-colored caterpillars in the world.
1.) Nettle Caterpillar (Parasa lepida)
The Nettle Caterpillar is a moth larva found in South and Southeast Asia. This lovely-looking creature is considered a pest. It feeds on cocoa, coffee, coconut, mango, oil palm, and tea. It is also commonly known as Blue-striped Nettle Grub.
2.) Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)
The Spicebush Swallowtail is a fairly black swallowtail butterfly with unique-looking caterpillar characterized by two large false eyes and two smaller eyespots. It can be found in North America and is the state butterfly of Mississippi, US. This caterpillar feeds on the leaves of sassafras and spicebush.
3.) Pandora Sphinx Moth (Eumorpha pandorus)
The Pandora Sphinx Moth caterpillar is red-brown in color with white spots and can be green also. It is also characterized by a horn at the end of the abdomen. It can be found in North American. It is also called the Pandorus Sphinx Moth.
4.) Hyles tithymali
The caterpillar of the Hyles tithymali, a moth species, is a colorful caterpillar with a horn. It can be found in North Africa, Canary, Islands, Madeira and the Mediterranean. It feeds on Euphorbia.
5.) Six-spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae)
This vividly colored but hairy caterpillar is a Six-spot Burnet, a day-flying moth commonly found throughout Europe. I don’t know why they named it ‘six-spot’ when in fact it has more than twenty black spots.
6.) Levant Hawk Moth (Theretra alecto)
The Levant Hawk Moth caterpillar is not colorful but it is unique for its false eyes. It can be found in South and Southeast Asia. It can also be found in Europe. It feeds on Vitis (grapes) and Parthenocissus species.
7.) Oak Hawk-moth (Marumba quercus)
The Oak Hawk-moth caterpillar, a moth species, can be found in Southern Europe, Near East and North Africa. This colorful larva feeds on Oak species, primarily species with dry leaves such as Holm Oak and Cork Oak.
8.) Death’s-head Hawkmoth (Acherontia atropos)
This green caterpillar with blue and yellow markings and fine dark blue dots is the caterpillar of the Acherontia atropos. It can be found in the Middle East and Mediterranean region.
9.) Coxcomb Prominent (Ptilodon capucina)
The Coxcomb Prominent caterpillar, a moth species common throughout Europe, is brown or green with a yellow stripe down each side and two red humps at the rear end. It feeds on different variety of deciduous trees and shrubs.
10.) Chamomile Shark (Cucullia chamomillae)
The caterpillar of Chamomile Shark, a moth species, is a beautiful caterpillar found in Central and Southern Europe, North Africa and Near East. It feeds on Chamomile, hence the name.
11.) Queen of Spain Fritillary (Issoria lathonia)
The Queen of Spain Fritillary caterpillar, a beautiful butterfly species lives from North Africa to Japan. It is distinctly migratory in Western Europe, reaching almost as far north as the Arctic Circle. It lives also in Sweden, Finland and the Netherlands.
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