Here’s a list of hairy and beautifully colored caterpillars in the world.
You’ve seen the most beautiful caterpillars… it’s time to see the most beautiful hairy ones.
1.) Pale Tussock (Calliteara pudibunda)
This pretty and attractive animal is the caterpillar of Pale Tussock, a moth that can be found in Anatolia and Europe. It is known in the Netherlands as Meriansborstel. This larva eats birch, oak, prunus and willow species.
2.) White-marked Tussock Moth (Orgyia leucostigma)
This hairy and colorful caterpillar of White-marked Tussock Moth is very common in North America. This brightly colored caterpillar has tufts of hair-like setae. It is also striking for its bright red head and body with yellow or white stripes. The hair of this creature, which can grow up to 35 mm, can set off an allergic reaction in many humans.
3.) Yellow-Tail Moth (Euproctis similis)
This hairy and colorful caterpillar belongs to the Yellow-tail Moth. It is widely distributed throughout Europe. It is remarkable for its black color with red and yellow stripes. It feeds on many species of plants and is also known as Goldtail Moth or Swan Moth.
4.) Sycamore Caterpillar (Acronicta aceris)
This lovely-looking caterpillar is a Sycamore, a moth species distributed throughout Europe. It can also be found in Near East, Middle East and West Asia. The extraordinary caterpillar is very distinctive, thickly covered with very long yellow and orange hairs with white spots outlined in black along the back. It feeds on various chestnut, maple, lime, mulberry and oak.
5.) Rusty Tussock Moth (Orgyia antiqua)
This colorful but somehow creepy organism is the caterpillar of Rusty Tussock Moth. It is endemic to Europe and can be found also the Palearctic and Nearctic regions. This hairy caterpillar is impressive with its humps, horns and a tail in a combination of dark grey, red and yellow. It is also commonly known as Vaporer.
6.) Blue Morpho Butterfly Caterpillar
This is a Blue Morpho Butterfly caterpillar. It can be found in Central and South America as well as in Mexico. It has reddish-brown bodies with bright green-lime on its back. Like many other hairy caterpillar, its hairs are irritating to human skin.
7.) Dark Dagger (Acronicta tridens)
The caterpillar of the Dark Dagger has very long hair and colorful body. It can be found in Europe, in Turkey, Russia, Siberia, Korea, Japan and China. This caterpillar is black and marked with red and white stripes. It feeds on a variety of plants.
8.) Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)
Isn’t it pretty in pink? This lovely-looking caterpillar of the Small Copper, a butterfly species, can be found in Europe, North America, Africa, and Asia. It is also commonly known as American Copper or Common Copper.
9.) Pasture Day Moth (Apina callisto)
The Pasture Day Moth caterpillar is a colorful and not-so-hairy species found in most southern areas of Australia. It has a striking coloration. Two yellow stripes run down its mottled-black back, interspersed with blue spots. Its body is covered with white spines and it feeds on various broad leaved plants.
10.) Narrow-Bordered Five-Spot Burnet (Zygaena lonicerae)
The hairy, colorful and beautiful caterpillar of the Narrow-Bordered Five-Spot Burnet is a moth species that can be found in Europe. It feeds on various low-growing plants like Trifolium and Lathyrus species.