The monarch caterpillar has black, white, and yellow stripes on its body. The caterpillars are 12.5 to 14 cm long when fully grown. Signup for Space Coast Daily News Email Alerts! Inspired by older scientific biological plates, this pattern includes all four life stages of the regal moth (Citheronia regalis). A hardwood forest with oaks and hickories codominant that occurs in dry, well-drained, loamy sand of knolls, upper slopes, or south-facing slopes of glacial moraines of the Atlantic Coastal Plain. All Rights Reserved. Sample, B.E., L. Butler, C. Zivkovich, R.C. All rights reserved. (FWC) – You may have heard about the ugly duckling who turned into a swan, but he’s got nothing on this caterpillar. 2011). To identify caterpillars, it is important to take note of their size, color, type of hairy covering, and specific markings such as stripes, spots or ‘horns’. The Zebra Longwing caterpillar (Heliconius charithonia) is identified by its long black spikes protruding from its grayish-green body. The jaggy-looking caterpillar has an olive-green and brown body with discolored white blotches. A hardwood forest that occurs on well-drained sites, usually on ridgetops, upper slopes, or south- and west-facing slopes. Compounds in the passionflower plant turn into toxic compounds in the Zebra Longwing caterpillars. More information is needed to assign either G4 or G5. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, IMAGE: Largest Caterpillar in North America, ‘Hickory Horned Devil’ Transforms into Regal Moth, Florida Tech Alumni Show Their Pride as ‘Day of Giving’ Draws 2,500 Donors in Just 24 Hours, OBITUARY: Nancy Jean (Hubbard) Starr, Formerly of Titusville, Passed Away Nov. 21 at Age 90, Studios of Cocoa Beach Presents ‘Therefore I Create IV,’ Includes Art From 35 Local Artists, ‘Balloon Glow’ Coming to Brevard Dec. 11 to 13 at Space Coast Daily Park in Viera, HOT OFF THE PRESS! However, despite its fierce horned appearance, this type of caterpillar is totally harmless. Butterflies that emerge from the Limenitis arthemis species can be black and white, dark red, purple, or shades of blue. In some cases, an allergic reaction to the sting of this caterpillar could have serious consequences. They'll also chew on the leaves of sumac bushes. This species is sensitive to chemical spraying (e.g., with Dimilin), and so broadcast use of these chemicals in their habitat should be avoided (NatureServe 2017). The brown caterpillar has an oval head with eye-spots on it. Adult regal moths emerge during summer evenings and mate the following evening (Hall 2014). Its lime-green body has 7 faint white stripes on each side of its body. However, just like the monarch, the Black Swallowtail caterpillar also munches on milkweed which offers it protection from predators. So you need to be careful when touching any fuzzy caterpillars even if they look harmless. Adult moths do not feed. The black swallowtail caterpillar has green body with black stripes and yellow dots. (Accessed: June 26, 2017). One black and orange fuzzy type of caterpillar is the Silver-Spotted Tiger species (Lophocampa argentata). Each of these protrusions has tiny black spikes. Compared to some other types of caterpillars, this common caterpillar species can be a serious pest in your garden. Larvae burrow into soil and remain there as pupae to overwinter before emerging from the soil as an adult the next summer. Some spiky caterpillars like the giant silkworm moth caterpillar can even cause death. The Southern Flannel caterpillar is a type of small furry caterpillar. A few species have a bit of hair on their body and they descend into the ground to search for pupating sites. This spiky caterpillar gorges on varieties of passionflower. Near its head there are 2 pairs of long orange “hair pencils.”. The smooth green body of this caterpillar from the Papilio genus doesn’t have any hairs or venomous spikes. Unlike some caterpillars that are poisonous to the touch, Barnhart said the spikes of a hickory horned devil aren't toxic. The Sycamore Tussock caterpillar is a fuzzy caterpillar.