Friday, November 05, 2010

Larvae Match-up

Have you ever wondered what the larvae of the beautiful butterflies and moths look like? I took some photographs of caterpillars, moths and butterflies this past summer and have begun to match them up. If I have not photographed the adult or larvae, I have used for images. I have indicated which photos are not mine — at least one of each set is mine. This is a very long post, so I have coded a split post. You will see a tiny little "MORE" after the second set of larva and adult photos. If you want to see the entire post, just click the word "MORE." I'm sure you will enjoy the photos, so click! If you click on any of the photos, a new window will open with the original photo. This is a good thing to do if you are interested in more information on the little critter or if you want to see a huge photo of it.

Mourning Cloak Butterfly

Nymphalis antiopa

Larva (photo: on a rake this summer)
 Nymphalis antiopa (2)
Butterfly (photo: our driveway this summer)
Mourning Cloak (4)

Hickory Tussock Moth

Lophocampa caryae

Larva (photographed August 2, 2010 on the back of the house)
Hickory tussock moth (7)
Moth (photo from

Mystery Sphinx Moth

Manduca sexta

Larva: Tobacco Hornworm (photo: last summer in New Hampshire. These guys ate all our tomatoes!)
Tobacco Hornworm012.jpg
Moth (photo:

Red Admiral Butterfly

Vanessa atalanta

Larva (photo:

Butterfly (July 9 in our driveway)
Red admiral  6

Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly

Speyeria cybele

Larva (photo:

Butterfly (photo: this summer in New Hampshire)
Great Spangled Fritillary on Echinacea   4

White Admiral Butterfly

Limenitis arthemis

Larva (photo:

Butterfly (photo: this summer on John's tractor)
White admiral (9)

Definite Tussock Moth

Orgyia definita

Larva (photo: Last summer Butterfield Pond, New Hampshire)
Definite Tussock Moth - Hodges #8314 (Orgyia definita) - 07
Moth (photo:

American Dagger Moth

Acronicta americana

Larva (photo: Behind the Dump Hike, New Hampshire 2009)
Ameriican Dagger Moth Caterpillar (Acronicta americana) (1)
Moth (photo:

I hope you have enjoyed comparing images. I have many more butterflies and moths to find matches for and I look forward to doing so. The tags for Flickr, and Technorati (below) are very long for this post!



1 comment:

  1. WOW! This is ultra cool! I admire your perseverance and research here!


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