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Caterpillars Worms & Grubs in the Yard and Garden

A running list of caterpillars, worms & grubs in the yard and garden. It may not look like much now; but eventually, it can be used as a g- to guide to help you ID some of the insects you may come across.

Caterpillars, Worms & Grubs

Milkweed Tussock Moth caterpillar - Black, white and brown caterpillar that feeds on milkweed leaves.

Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Many people are familiar with the multi-striped Monarch caterpillar that feeds on milkweed, but did you ever see the Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar? They also feed on milkweed and are lesser-known species of caterpillars.

Caterpillars grow up to become Milkweed Tussock Moths.


Banded woolly bear or just woollybear or woolly worm caterpillar.  That is all the names this brown and black banded caterpillar goes by.

Banded Wooly Bear Caterpillar

The caterpillar is generally found during the autumn months and doesn’t sting or bite when picked up. However, the little bristle hairs can get under your skin and cause irritation. Turns into the Isabella Tiger Moth.


Cabbage White Caterpillar

This caterpillar creates holes everywhere after the adult butterfly lays its eggs on plants. It enjoys broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, collards, turnips, cabbage, radish & horseradish.

The pest bores into the interior of the cabbage and other plants feeding on new sprouts. 

Many people mistake the cabbage white caterpillars for cabbage loopers.


Young Eastern Tiger Swallowtail caterpillars are brown and white; older ones are green with two black, yellow, and blue eyespots on the thorax.


Eastern Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

Young Eastern Tiger Swallowtail caterpillars are brown and white; older ones are green with two black, yellow, and blue eyespots on the thorax.

The caterpillar will turn into Eastern Swallowtail Butterfly.


White-lined Sphinx Moth Caterpillar is a lime green caterpillar with line of black with orange spots

White-lined Sphinx Moth Caterpillar

He may not look like much now, but he grows up to be the white- lined sphinx moth which most people mistake for a hummingbird.


Corn Rootworm is A white grub looking worm with a brown head.  The white grubs hatch and tunnel in the ground and eat the roots of your plants.

Corn Rootworm

A white grub looking worm with a brown head. The white grubs hatch and tunnel in the ground and eat the roots of your plants.

If you have weak stems, chewed leaves, and marks on your fruit, you should start looking for the grubs of the corn rootworm or the cucumber beetles they become.


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