Top 10 Most Beautiful Caterpillars

Some of the prettiest caterpillars you’ve ever seen.

A caterpillar is the larva of butterfly and moth or some other insects. There are caterpillars that are edible, but most of them are considered pest to plants and trees. There are also caterpillars that are harmful to animals (including humans) because they contain toxin and venom, but of course, there are also plenty of them that are also attractive because they’re brightly and uniquely colored.

Here’s a list of the 10 most attractive and colorful caterpillars.

Spurge Hawk-Moth Caterpillar

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This caterpillar of the Spurge Hawk-moth is absolutely beautiful and probably one of the most beautiful. This caterpillar was seen in Kriegtal near Binn, Valais, Switzerland at approximately 2000 m altitude.

Cecropia Moth Caterpillar

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This caterpillar looks adorable because of its pretty combination of colors. This lovely-looking caterpillar is the larva of the cecropia moth, one of the largest moths found in North America. This type of caterpillar is most commonly found on Maple trees, but it had been known to feed on Wild cherry and Birch trees among many others. It is a member of the Saturniidae family, or giant silk moths. It is found as far west as the Rocky Mountains and north into the maritime provinces of Canada.

Stinging Rose Caterpillar

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Stinging Rose caterpillar is one of the most brightly colored caterpillars. The body bears pairs of long, horn-like, bristly spines and clumps of smaller spines which are characteristic of several of the slug caterpillars. Hosts of the stinging rose caterpillar include apple, cottonwood, dogwood, hickory, oak, redbud, sycamore and rosebushes.

Red-Footed Fuzzy-Wuzzy Caterpillar

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This hairy attractive caterpillar in the tarchon family hasn’t been scientifically classified yet. It was found in Costa Rica and is called temporarily the Red-footed fuzzy-wuzzy caterpillar.

Azalea Caterpillar

Photo Credit: http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/orn/azalea_caterpillar01.htm

This beautifully colored caterpillar is a serious pest of azaleas. Often the caterpillars defoliate much of the plant before they are detected. While the caterpillar appears hairy, it is harmless to humans and can be picked off the bushes by

Saddleback Caterpillar

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This unique caterpillar is a stinging caterpillar. Acharia stimulea or the saddleback caterpillar has stiff spines with potent poison glands. Stings can be very painful. They can cause swelling, nausea, and leave a rash that can last for days. The saddleback caterpillar feeds on many plants including hibiscus and palms.

Tetrio Sphinx Caterpillar

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This lovely caterpillar on a tree trunk is the Tetrio sphinx moth caterpillar of the Sphingidae family. It ranges from Brazil in South America to the southern US.

Monarch Caterpillar

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Simplicity is beauty. This gorgeous caterpillar is the larva of one of the best known butterflies in the world – the Monarch butterfly.

Hickory Horned Devil

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Despite the name, I still consider this caterpillar a beauty. This odd-looking caterpillar is the larva of the Royal Walnut Moth, also known as the Regal Moth. It has a scary and frightful appearance because of the five pairs of long, curved hornlike structures over the back of its thorax. They are found in North America.

Old World Swallowtail Caterpillar

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Another caterpillar with beautiful color combination is the larva of the Old World Swallowtail (Papilio machaon), a butterfly of the family Papilionadae. It occurs throughout the Palearctic region in Europe and Asia; it also occurs across North America, and thus is not restricted to the Old World, despite the common name.

These caterpillars were not arranged in particular order because I believe that “beauty is on the eye of the beholder.”

For more colorful animals in the world see:

World’s Most Attractive and Colorful Reptiles

The Worlds Most Colorful Snakes

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  1. valli Says...

    On September 5, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Amazing. All these caterpillars are attractive and colorful.


  2. Lauren Axelrod Says...

    On September 5, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Norbert these little guys are insane. Cecropia Moth Caterpillar looks like a strand of DNA. Very cool!


  3. Unofre Pili Says...

    On September 5, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    I thought caterpillars are ugly; now I know they are beautiful.


  4. Juancav Says...

    On September 5, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    Wonderful larvas,and larvas butterfly,become gorgeus.


  5. Angrified Says...

    On September 5, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    Those are some crazy looking catipillars. I don’t think I have ever heard of those kinds.


  6. DaveatLarge Says...

    On September 5, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Beautiful pictures, just what I needed to see after a long days work, a piece of God’s amazing handiwork. Thanks


  7. Leo Reyes Says...

    On September 5, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    great-looking caterpillars. great article too.


  8. The Quail Says...

    On September 5, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Very beautiful caterpillars.


  9. acecampillo Says...

    On September 5, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Wow, to be honest, I have never seen those kind of caterpillars before. They are all beautiful colorful caterpillars; I wonder how they would look when they transform into a butterfly.
    Great Article! :)


  10. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On September 5, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    These are strange looking little creatures but beautiful in their own way.


  11. Josey Says...

    On September 5, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Very cool!


  12. IcyCucky Says...

    On September 5, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Amazing collection of caterpillars, and beautiful too!


  13. B Nelson Says...

    On September 5, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    That second one looks like its made out of plastic. Great link thanks!


  14. swapna Says...

    On September 5, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    really amazing pictures…..


  15. PR Mace Says...

    On September 5, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    WOW! I never dreamed there were so many beautiful caterpillars.
    I was amazed. Thank you, Nobert.


  16. william rodriguez II Says...

    On September 6, 2008 at 2:12 am

    Very beautiful!


  17. R J Evans Says...

    On September 6, 2008 at 4:33 am

    Gorgeous caterpillars! Now, what’s for dinner?


  18. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On September 6, 2008 at 5:46 am

    Can I answer R J? Something green and leafy? Great article, Nobert, and the pictures added so much.


  19. Anne Lyken-Garner Says...

    On September 6, 2008 at 11:31 am

    A fine collection of superb pictures. An enjoyable read


  20. Alexa Gates Says...

    On September 6, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    i never thought id call a catapillar cute :)


  21. Darlene McFarlane Says...

    On September 8, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    I have seen a couple of these catapillars before. The Saddle back is interesting and I like the name Red Footed Fuzzy Wuzzy, I think they should keep it. The Horned Devil gave me the creeps.

    I enjoyed this article very much.

    Thanks


  22. pat [at] catchyour.com Says...

    On September 9, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Looks like ebaumsworld (dot com) stole this from your site and didn’t provide credit. I’d link it, but I’m not sure if your filter will allow my comment if I did, but you can see it on their homepage (right now it’s the second feature).

    Just wanted to let you guys know!


  23. ThisNachoIsCalledNic Says...

    On September 13, 2008 at 1:54 am

    this definately breaks the whole ugly-catapillar sterotype! i am loving this! thanks for sharing!


  24. Denny Lyon Says...

    On September 13, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    one looks like an aqua cactus, another like an orange circus clown, what fun these little guys! thanks for an interesting look at their world. ~ d


  25. nobert soloria bermosa Says...

    On September 19, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    thank you very much for reading and commenting, i appreciate it very much more than words can say.


  26. lolamite Says...

    On November 3, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    yo yo homedigitys


  27. blah blah Says...

    On February 13, 2009 at 3:16 am

    I said i wanted pictures of butterflies not caterpilliars!!!


  28. iiuyt Says...

    On February 26, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    do you have any pictuers of calipitters that are mostly brown with litle black dots on it?? Thanks! awesome website!!


  29. JaneGael Says...

    On March 21, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Within every caterpillar is a stunning moth or butterfly waiting to come out. I’ve always been enchanted by these miniature locomotives, especially the wooleybear that isn’t spectacular in any way — just cuddly. Thanks for the gorgeous photos of one of my favorite critters.


  30. Camila Kondo Says...

    On March 30, 2009 at 1:34 am

    They are marvellous!Created by God,it made me think how beautiful and how great is my God!Thank’s 4 sharing!


  31. Smudgie99 Says...

    On April 16, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Thank you! i had to create a presentation on caterpillars, and at first i thought it was going to be boring. But now i read your work and looked at the pictures i realise how interesting they actually are.


  32. Alice Says...

    On August 12, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    I would like to know who took the photo of the Hickory Horned Devil. Can you please send me their name so I can contact them?


  33. rdg Says...

    On October 5, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    gret
    rdg


  34. FreePinkPanther Says...

    On October 13, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Hi, brilliant choice, well done.
    To the other comments, I think you should find out a bit more about this amazing creatures…it gave a new hobby, soon you will be ” breeding ” them and helping the planet’s lack of insects, therefor helping polunation, feeding birds, etc plus all caterpilars become butterflies or moths and a all range of insects all beautyfull in their own way.
    Go on, give it a try…
    FreePinkPanther


  35. Chris Says...

    On October 20, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    I found a Hickory horned devil the other day,craziest looking caterpillar I ever saw! Chris Van,TX


  36. Brianna Says...

    On November 25, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    i like them they are so goirgeous 2 m3 there like your frineds!but some are ugly!


  37. tatyvanna Says...

    On November 25, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    i luvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv itttttttttttttttt it iz amazing but sum r ugly lyk dis boy which iz a callipit3r yea dat iz da most valuable thing on eatrh it is the most 10 valuablest thing ever i luv calipiters


  38. tatyanna Says...

    On November 25, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    i luvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv itttttttttttttttt it iz amazing


  39. venessa hugens Says...

    On December 7, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    i is cute


  40. alizabath parkin Says...

    On January 6, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    they are ughly but cool looking.Monarch caterpillars are very cute and cool


  41. Kamran Says...

    On April 16, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    A lesson for non believers !!!


  42. RenRen Says...

    On June 4, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    @Kamran:

    A lesson for non-believers in what? A God, maybe?

    So apparently something can’t be beautiful without being God’s creation?

    :|


  43. J.Leach Says...

    On June 17, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Seriously clear and sharp shooting. Nice information tags.

    Am interested to know what kind of camera…?


  44. Raj the Tora Says...

    On August 23, 2010 at 1:21 am

    It is awesome post showing all the tiny beauties. Excellent pictures. Keep up the go(o)d work.


  45. Benedita Says...

    On August 30, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Borboletas , lagartas , mariposas…São verdadeiras obras de um grande ARTISTA. Esta noite nasceu a minha ,a nossa mariposa. Senti-me grávida de uma filha. Há quatro semanas encontrei um casulo no quintal,era marron,tinha um brilho,coloquei-o num aquario vasio coberto com um tecido transparente. Todos os dias ia vê-lo, quando eu o tocava se movimentava.Ficava imaginando,como seria a borboleta, mas nasceu uma linda mariposa e neste momento está quietinha num papelão e à noite, com certeza sairá para o seu primeiro passeio noturno. Que o Criador à proteja.


  46. Ayat Says...

    On December 5, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    SoB7an allah


  47. Z.B. Says...

    On May 18, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Those caterpillars were awsome


  48. Guillaume Says...

    On June 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Cecropia Moth O_o

    Hope you’ve fight all of those with a low level Ratatat and then caught them all with pokeballs :D


  49. Daisy Says...

    On September 23, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Those are the coolest caterpillars I have ever seen:)


  50. kaitlynn Says...

    On October 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    I love the colors on the Cecropia Moth Caterpillar!


  51. HolaEveryone Says...

    On January 29, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Amazing! When people think of a caterpillar, they think of an ugly worm-ish thing, which turns into this beautiful butterfly, but some of these caterpillars actually turn into ugly creatures. I guess it’s nice to see the tables turned for once…


  52. HolaEveryone Says...

    On January 29, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Amazing! When people think of a caterpillar, they think of an ugly worm-ish thing, which turns into this beautiful butterfly, but some of these caterpillars actually turn into ugly creatures. I guess it’s nice to see the tables turned for once…


  53. Kevin Li Says...

    On March 20, 2012 at 4:04 am

    Is is just me or does anyone else think about having a few of these on their dinner plates (minus the poisonous/hairy ones)?


  54. Mary Ann Garcia Says...

    On March 20, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    These are totally awesome!!! I thought all caterpillars were green. I am going to print these off, so I can look at them whenever I want. Thank you.


  55. Bill Gates Says...

    On April 4, 2012 at 9:36 am

    WOWW IM IN LOVE WITH THESES CATERPILLARS YOU GOT THERE AYE. VERY PRETTY. IM GLAD TO SEE EVERYONE ENJOYING THE WORK OF GOD.


  56. chelsea Says...

    On April 16, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    i found a bunch of catapillars at my grandpas house but i searched online an found outtat they turn i to moths but i also found out that they are comonly mistaked for tent catapillars but they turn into gysps moths


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