Top 10 Caterpillars Found in Tennessee

Imperial Moth Caterpillar:Imperial moth caterpillars begin their life as orange, nearly half-inch-long creatures with prominent black spines.

Giant Leopard Moth Caterpillar:The giant leopard moth caterpillar is blanketed in black spines. When threatened, it often coils into a ball, adopting a defensive stance typical of the giant leopard moth.

Fall Webworm Caterpillar:Their appearance is diverse, with colors spanning from a light greenish-yellow to a deep gray. 

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar:Eastern tiger swallowtail caterpillars, in their early stages, bear a resemblance to bird droppings with their brown and white coloration.

Eastern Tent Caterpillar:Eastern tent caterpillars have hairy bodies adorned with blue, black, and yellow-orange designs, highlighted by a distinctive white line running down their spine. 

Common Buckeye Caterpillar:Common buckeye caterpillars typically sport a bluish-black hue adorned with yellow to creamy orange lines and dots.

Buck Moth Caterpillar:Buck moth caterpillars, when they reach their full size, measure around 2 inches. 

Army Cutworm Caterpillar:Army cutworm caterpillars, when fully grown, measure between 1½ to 2 inches.

American Lappet Moth Caterpillar:The American lappet moth caterpillar boasts hairy lobes along its sides. Its gray exterior sometimes reflects shades of green or blue. 

American Dagger Caterpillar:These caterpillars can grow up to 2 inches long and sport dense, white, or light yellow fur. At both ends, they have prominent black bristles. 

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