Culture Art & Media Photo: The Very Hairy Caterpillar By Melissa Breyer Editorial Director Hunter College F.I.T., State University of New York Cornell University Melissa Breyer is Treehugger’s editorial director. She is a sustainability expert and author whose work has been published by the New York Times and National Geographic, among others. our editorial process Melissa Breyer Updated August 13, 2020 Andreas Kay / flickr Share Twitter Pinterest Email Culture History Travel Sustainable Fashion Art & Media Holidays Community Our photo of the day illustrates why the word 'caterpillar' (literally, shaggy cat) makes perfect sense. The word caterpillar comes from the Old North French caterpilose literally meaning "shaggy cat." Meanwhile, a Swiss German name for the creeping critters is teufelskatz, meaning "devil's cat." If there were ever a reason to wonder why these names came about, one look at our photo of the day should clear things up immediately. What a wonderful example of a caterpillar, seen in Ecuador and photographed by Andreas Kay ... this may be the shaggiest devil's cat yet. Would you like to see your nature photo featured as the TreeHugger photo of the day? Join TreeHugger’s Reader Photo Pool on Flickr and add your pictures to the group. Alternatively, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org with "photo of the day" in the subject line.