A while ago, I had found two caterpillars nibbling on my bell pepper plants. They were tobacco hornworms, to be specific. We put them in a large jar so the kids could watch them munch and grow. Our first pets. We named them Eenie and Meenie.
Two things I learned immediately about caterpillars:
1. They eat up a lot of leaves, and quickly.
2. They poop a lot. In one side, out the other.
One day, I made the mistake of feeding Eenie and Meenie some lettuce leaves from my fridge. A leaf is a leaf is a leaf, right? Apparently not. Eenie and Meenie suddenly weren’t looking too good after ingesting lettuce. The following day, they stopped moving. I thought they were just overly full. Do caterpillars get food coma?
Well, the day after that, they started to blacken. I then realized they had died. Oops.
Was it the lettuce leaves?
This past week, I found a different type of caterpillar on my parsley plant.
Quite a striking little caterpillar. I’ve learned my lesson and I feed it only what I’ve seen it usually eat… my parsley. I’m okay with that because my parsley plant has grown much larger than expected. Try as I might, I just don’t use that much parsley in my cooking.
I haven’t had a chance to look up what kind of caterpillar it is. I also haven’t thought of a name for it. Will it turn into a butterfly, or does it turn into a moth like the tobacco hornworm?
We will soon find out, because it has made itself a cocoon!
MM and TL are fascinated. This has brought the book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” to life, for both them and me. Except I’m not sure what will emerge. I suspect a moth. I’ll try to be impartial and not judge its appearance though. As a friend suggested, consider the moth as a butterfly with neutral colors and a little more fuzz.