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We love watching butterflies, and East Texas is a great place for that pastime! Getting to know butterflies is fun, but can be difficult at times and frustrating as you try to learn new ones. Likewise, identifying caterpillaries can be overwhelming ... let's start with just a few common ones!

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar near Tyler Texas

Variegated Fritillary Caterpillar, with its orange body marked by black stripes and white spots, and spines

Variegated Fritillary Caterpillar

Tobacco Hornworm

 

Note the 7 stripes ... its kin the Tomato Hornworm has 8 stripes

Tobacco Hornworm

Tobacco Hornworm

Tobacco Hornworm

Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar (Xylophanes tersa)

Shown eating on Pentas

The upperside of the Tersa Sphinx moth's forewing is pale brown with lavender-gray at the base, with dark brown lines. The upperside of the hindwing is dark brown with a band of whitish, wedge-shaped marks.

Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar

Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar (Xylophanes tersa)

Another instar (brown) of the Tersa Sphinx caterpillar

Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar

Eastern Tent Caterpillar

Eastern Tent Caterpillar


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