Identifying Catipillars

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Variable Oak Leaf Caterpillar Moth Lophocampa caryae [popup] larva. Hickory Tussock Moth Lophocampa maculata [popup] larva. Spotted Tussock Moth.

Discover Life's page about the biology, natural history, ecology, identification and distribution of Discover Life.Identifying a caterpillar can be a challenge. There are many insects that start life as larvae, and they do not all turn into butterflies or moths. Insects like craneflies, sawflies and beetles can have very caterpillar-like larvae..Knowing the size of a caterpillar can also help with identifications as many caterpillars dramati.y change appearance as they grow, moult into another instar and prior to pupating. In some countries the early stages of many species are under researched..

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