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Eye See You - Butterfly Caterpillar / Larvae Eyes

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Butterfly and moth caterpillars (larvae) often boast eyespots. But where are caterpillar's true eyes?     Caterpillar's eyes are on the side of their head. One photo below shows the true eyes of a Monarch caterpillar and another shows the true eyes of a Tiger Swallowtail caterpillar.

What do they see?   Caterpillars only see light and dark.
monarch larva eyes
monarch caterpillar eyes
sphinx moth eyes
Monarch caterpillar head and legs
Monarch caterpillar eyes
(click to enlarge)
Tersa Sphinx moth caterpillar 'eyes'
are simply skin color patterns
tiger swallowtail butterfly eyes in Florida
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly caterpillar larva eyes in florida
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
eyes and head parts
Another view of eyes
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
caterpillar / larva
Eyes of the
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
caterpillar or larva
Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillar
'eyes' from the front
Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillar
'eyes' from the side
When a caterpillar molts, the eyespots
on the old skin are still visible.
Palamedes Swallowtail caterpillars resemble Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillars. Spicebush have an
extra set of yellow 'eyes'.
Tiger Swallowtail caterpillar's
eyespots are blue. Click to enlarge
photo to view true caterpillar eyes.
Older Tiger Swallowtail
caterpillar eyespots
The American Snout has
less obvious eyespots
Some caterpillars heads
look as if they have eyes,
like this Julia ....
... and this Zebra Longwing.
A Cecropia moth also sports 'eyes' which are not real eyes.