Caterpillar Caterpillars k t r p l r are the larval stage of members of the order Lepidoptera the insect order comprising butterflies and moths As with most common names, the application of the word is arbitrary and the larvae of sawflies commonly are called caterpillars as well Both lepidopteran and symphytan larvae have eruciform body shapes. Caterpillars of most species are Ten Little Caterpillars Bill Martin Jr Lois Ehlert Ten Little Caterpillars Bill Martin Jr Lois Ehlert on FREE shipping on qualifying offers Ten little caterpillars are out and about in our big, wide world come join them You never know what you might find A butterfly Help with caterpillar identification Wildlife Insight Many identification requests received are from those concerned whether a caterpillar is either a health hazard see hairy caterpillars, or will damage their vegetables, fruit trees or shrubs. Most caterpillars are harmless and form a vital part in the food chain supporting many animals. Caterpillars Photo Gallery by Bev Wigney at pbase The following is a collection of a few of the caterpillars that I ve photographed over the past few years If you re interested in seeing my most recent photos, writing or other work, please visit my nature blog, Burning Silo PLEASE NOTE I do try to answer occasional questions on my insect photo galleries, but please understand that, in summer especially, I receive dozens of questions posted Raising Monarch Caterpillars If you are interested in learning about the Mourning Cloak, Giant Swallowtail, Gulf Fritillary, then check out My Butterfly Guide Or, visit my other Monarch site at Learn about Monarchs If you raise Painted Ladies from a kit, check out Learn about Painted Ladies Monarch Butterfly Eggs, Larvae, Caterpillars, Pupae Monarch Eggs and or Caterpillars Usually available June thru September, our Monarch Eggs and or Caterpillars larvae are great for home or school rearing projects. Identifying Hairy Caterpillars Wildlife Insight PLEASE NOTE the hairs of some caterpillars can cause skin irritation so care should be taken to avoid direct skin contact As previously reported the hairs of Brown Tail caterpillars are particularly prone to causing quite a severe skin reaction. Butterfly, Caterpillar, and Inchworm Crafts For Kids Butterfly, Caterpillar, and Inchworm Crafts For Kids How to Make Crafts and Activities Relating to Butterflies, Caterpillars and Inchworms Dogs and killer Pine Processionary Caterpillars The Pine Processionary Caterpillar can kill your dog Beware Beware of Processionary caterpillars They are dangerous animals The Pine Processionary Caterpillar can also cause you or other people, severe medical problems.