Found on shrubs or leafy plants before spinning their cocoons, yellow caterpillars are prevalent throughout the United States. Most yellow caterpillars turn into moths after metamorphosis. Although the moths may not be especially eye-catching, the larvae are, with their colored stripes, spots, knobs, lashes and antennae. Usually moth caterpillars are fairly uniform in size at between 1 and 2 inches long
The fuzzy yellow caterpillar that is the Spotted Apatelodes (Apatelodes Torrefacta) larva becomes a twig-colored moth after metamorphosis. It is found in the eastern United States and up to southern Ontario and Wisconsin and west in Texas.
Yellow-Based Tussock Moth
The Yellow-Based Tussock Moth (Dasychira basiflava) has a small range, only found in the mid Atlantic states. This solid yellow caterpillar turns into a multi-colored gray, brown and black moth, with its upper wings patterned and lower wings a solid beige.
At only about 1 inch long, the fuzzy solid yellow caterpillar of the Sycamore Tussock Moth (Halysidota Harrisii ) also can be found in white and orange. It has an orange nose and antennae. It turns into a beige and brown patterned moth with a yellow body. This caterpillar is found along the Atlantic coastal states.
Of the same family, the Banded Tussock Moth (Halysidota Tessellaris) is more prevalent in the mid Mississippi region and into the southwest United States. Its caterpillar is yellow to golden brown with black antennae and orange eyes. After metamorphosis, it is a beige and gray patterned moth.
Orgyia Tussock Moths
A densely-tufted, yellow caterpillar with orange knobs along its back is characteristic of the Definite Tussock Moth larva (Orgyia Definita). The triangular shaped moth varies in color from patterned browns to ones who have spots of blue. It ranges sparsely along the Atlantic coast of the United States. Of the same family, the White-Marked Tussock Moth (Orgyia Leucostigma) ranges further inland. The caterpillar is yellow with a black stripe down its back and yellow knobs on top of the black ridge. The moth is also triangular in shape, patterned in shades of brown.
The Fall Webworm (Hyphantria Cunea) is a fuzzy yellow caterpillar dotted with black who turns into a gray moth with brown spots. It populates most of the contiguous United States.
Scarlet-Winged Lichen Moth
A beautiful red-winged moth emerges from the cocoon after having been the yellow and black caterpillar of the Scarlet-Winged Lichen Moth (Hypoprepia Miniata). It is not a commonly found moth, but its range is from the east coast of the United States up through northwestern Canada.
- Photo Credit Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images
How to Identify a Fuzzy Yellow Caterpillar
Caterpillars are commonly found in gardens and parks, and being able to identify different species will help develop your knowledge of these...
How to Identify Caterpillars in Minnesota
There are numerous species of caterpillars in Minnesota, and identification begins with looking at their physical characteristics. Caterpillar species can change dramatically...
Caterpillars Native to Texas
Texas is home to approximately 5,000 species of caterpillars with moth caterpillars outnumbering butterfly caterpillars nearly 11 to one. Caterpillars are classified...
Types Of Woolly Caterpillars
Woolly caterpillars are better known as woolly bear caterpillars. There are more than eight types of woolly bear caterpillars, all of whom...
Insects That Look Like Caterpillars
The caterpillar is a wormlike insect that metamorphoses into one of the many varieties of butterfly or moth that are found in...
Different Kinds of Fuzzy Caterpillars
Caterpillars are the larvae of the moths and butterflies that make up the order Lepidoptera, which is the second largest group in...
Black Hairy Caterpillar Identification
More than 11,000 species of caterpillar are native to the United States. They are the larval stage of insects belonging to the...
Types of Caterpillars With White & Black Stripes
Moths and butterflies go through four stages of development: egg, larvae, pupa (cocoon) and adult. Caterpillars are the larvae form of moths...
Are Black & Yellow Tree Caterpillars Poisonous?
Several species of black and yellow caterpillar live on trees in the United States. Most of them are not poisonous to people...
Types of Lime Green Caterpillars
Even though they are often considered pests because of the voracious way they munch on vegetation, caterpillars are also marveled at for...
Caterpillars of Pennsylvania
Before they turn into moths and butterflies, such insects must pass through the caterpillar stage, also known as the larval stage. While...