Caterpillar Identification Guide

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Little Yellow

Common Name: Little Yellow


Genus: Satyrium
Species: titus
Group: Hairstreaks
Host Plant: Wild cherry, American plum, Canadian plum and Chokecherry.

Caterpillar for Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly

Common Name: Pipevine Swallowtail


Genus: Battus
Species: philenor
Group: Swallowtails
Host Plant: Pipevines, Aristolochia serpentaria and Aristolochia tomentosa.

Caterpillar for Red-Spotted Purple Butterfly

Common Name: Red-Spotted Purple


Genus: Limenitis
Species: arthemis astyanax
Group: Admirals
Host Plant: Leaves of many species of trees and shrubs including Wild cherry, Aspen and Cottonwood, Oaks, Hawthorn, Birch, Willows, Basswood, and Shadbush or Serviceberry.

Caterpillar for Cabbage White Butterfly

Common Name: Cabbage White


Genus: Pieris
Species: rapae
Group: Whites
Host Plant: Cabbage white caterpillars feed on a wide variety of garden vegetables in the Mustard Family; cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, mustards, radish, and garden plants such as alyssum and wallflower. Other host plant families include nasturtium, caper, and mignonette.