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 for Harlequin caterpillar
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Harlequin \Har"le*quin\ (h[aum]r"l[-e]*k[i^]n or -kw[i^]n), n.
     [F. arlequin, formerly written also harlequin (cf. It,
     arlecchino), prob. fr. OF. hierlekin, hellequin, goblin, elf,
     which is prob. of German or Dutch origin; cf. D. hel hell.
     Cf. Hell, Kin.]
     A buffoon, dressed in party-colored clothes, who plays
     tricks, often without speaking, to divert the bystanders or
     an audience; a merry-andrew; originally, a droll rogue of
     Italian comedy. --Percy Smith.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           As dumb harlequin is exhibited in our theaters.
                                                    --Johnson.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Harlequin bat (Zool.), an Indian bat ({Scotophilus
        ornatus), curiously variegated with white spots.
  
     Harlequin beetle (Zool.), a very large South American
        beetle ({Acrocinus longimanus) having very long legs and
        antenn[ae]. The elytra are curiously marked with red,
        black, and gray.
  
     Harlequin cabbage bug. (Zool.) See Calicoback.
  
     Harlequin caterpillar. (Zool.), the larva of an American
        bombycid moth ({Euch[ae]tes egle) which is covered with
        black, white, yellow, and orange tufts of hair.
  
     Harlequin duck (Zool.), a North American duck
        ({Histrionicus histrionicus). The male is dark ash,
        curiously streaked with white.
  
     Harlequin moth. (Zool.) See Magpie Moth.
  
     Harlequin opal. See Opal.
  
     Harlequin snake (Zool.), See harlequin snake in the
        vocabulary.
        [1913 Webster]

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