Did you find a black fuzzy caterpillar? Does it look like this? If so, you might have a giant leopard moth caterpillar, also known as a great leopard moth or an eyed tiger moth scientific name: Hypercompe scribonia. Take a look at the other pictures too, and you'll know for sure. Caterpillar Description: The giant leopard moth caterpillar has black spikes which are variously described as hairy, bristled, fuzzy, spiky, furry, or woolly with red or orange bands around its body.
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A caterpillar is the larval stage of a moth or butterfly. It is the second part of their four-stage life cycle egg, larva, pupa, adult. Caterpillars have long, worm-like bodies with six true legs. They can also have a variable number of stumpy false legs called prolegs , which help them to move and cling to things.
Black caterpillars are insects that come in all shapes and sizes. All species of caterpillars belong to the order of insects called Lepidoptera. After hatching from an egg, caterpillars gorge on a diet of plant and tree leaves. Many types of black caterpillars are interesting to look at and some look quite scary. Some species of caterpillars are black and fuzzy with hair-like spines.
You have probably stayed away because you were worried about these fuzzy creatures being poisonous. Worry no more—the giant leopard moth caterpillar is just looking for a quiet space to get ready to turn into a beautiful white moth with black circular designs, creating a leopard-like pattern. This type of caterpillar is both harmless and beautiful to look at, which makes them a welcome visitor to your outdoor spaces.