Note to Self: Stop Blogging about Caterpillars

October 7, 2008 @ 11:38 pm | Filed under: Uncategorized

You’d think I’d have learned my lesson after what happened to poor old Homer and Herodotus. But nooo, I had to go and write about the happy little caterpillar who found its way to my kitchen windowsill and spent the past week munching my geranium to shreds. I celebrated his presence the night before last, and then all day yesterday he was nowhere to be seen. Mysterious, I thought, but honestly I wasn’t searching too hard.

Well, this morning I found him: curled up sideways in the dirt in the bottom of the pot. Poor little thing. He thought this was a friendly place. Little did he know he had entered the Caterpillar House of Doom. If caterpillars could write there’d be a cautionary chalk mark on our doorpost right now, I’ll bet.

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  1. Don’t worry, I’m not doing too well with caterpillars myself. The ones at my kinder died. I told the kids that they went outside to get some air.

    Of course, I did cut up their goldfish in front of them.

    But caterpillars…

    Good thing my housemate cares for our silkworms 😛

  2. We’ve had several in the past that didn’t make it, so now I strongly encourage my kids to leave them in (or take them back to) their natural habitat so they will have a better chance to live! They are always wanting to bring in some sort of little critter, but many have not survived, so they are starting to “let go” and do what is best for them. 🙂 Right now though we have a mantis next to me. We probably should let it go this morning! We also just brought back a new hatchling snapping turtle and two new kittens from vacation! (sigh)

  3. We had two tadpoles and were very excited about watching them turn into frogs. My youngest, who received them for her birthday, had decided their names based on who got legs first (the first one to grow legs would be named Pillow, and the second would be called Blanket). Alas, they did not live long enough for us to end up with either a Pillow or a Blanket. I hate when that happens.

  4. Curled up sideways doesn’t necessarily mean dead. We’re currently harboring several caterpillars that hibernate (curled up sideways under leaves). I know, different regions, seasonal differences, variations amongst caterpillars etc. Just mentioning it might not actually be, you know, over.

  5. We are suddenly having a bad run with caterpillars after hatching a few very successfully. Ours have done the same – dug down into the dirt and met their end. : /