Caturday Caterpillar


and after!

“Mmunchphy vwsmunchtmsdy.” (means, “Oh Hai.”)

It all really started when a nice hoomin discovered Mr. Munchabunch had hitched a ride home on a new houseplant.

Seeing how much Mr. Munchabunch really, really, really liked the new plant the nice hoomin was happy to let him stay and named him, John.

John liked the new name and decided to hang around for awhile.

John became very attached to the new houseplant.

(If you’re the impatient type, skip to the next frame)

Ta-DAAAA! Now, where’s my nectar cocktail!


“This is a serious cutemergency. I’ve come to you for help in spreading this amazing story all over teh interwebs.” -Dora N.
Cat-erpillar, via Emergency Kittens.



  1. How cool! Monarchs are threatened, ya know. Help here:

  2. This shows that not all caterpillars are plant enemies. My gardening neighbor was appalled when I threw green-and-black striped caterpillars into my fish pond. She said, “they will grow up to be black swallowtail butterflies!” The caterpillars are called parsleyworms because you find them on parsley plants in your veggie garden. From then on I just planted more parsley! And one year I brought one indoors and my daughter and I watched it metamorphose. We kept it overnight to watch it pump its wings up and then released it.

  3. This reminds me of a splendid book, “The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating” by Tova Bailey. What a gorgeous metamorphosis!

  4. sabrina rose says:

    What an exciting, wonderful experience! I am of the sort that usually shrieks at the sight of a caterpillar, picks it up in a napkin, and runs to place it outside on a shrub. But watching it up close making a cocoon and then morphing into a “flutterby” would be inspiring and awesome. (I love this little guy doing “The Wave” in photo #3!)

  5. “Lincoln Brower, a leading entomologist at Sweet Briar College in Virginia, said. “The main culprit is now GMO herbicide-resistant corn and soybean crops and herbicides in the USA, [which] leads to the wholesale killing of the monarch’s principal food plant, common milkweed.”
    I’ve got milkweed, but I haven’t seen a Monarch here in VA in 4 years.

  6. I give you the shriek, but award you kudos and points for then gathering and placing in an area of viability! Thank you for no splats!

    What a fabulous addition to a house plant! And wonderful photos to commemorate the time! Series like this always seem so peaceful to me. 🙂

  7. freetomato says:

    Sad. We should all plant the heck out of milkweed. Really.

  8. flowerfanatic says:

    That is a Queen butterfly. They are close in appearance to the Monarch. The Queen caterpillar only has ‘feelers’ on the 2 ends. The Monarch caterpillar has a third one a little ways back from the one on the head. The butterfly markings are a bit different also. They both like milkweed to lay their eggs on. I raise butterflies so I’m very familiar with several kinds. Have Black Swallowtails, Giant Swallowtails, Polydamas Swallowtails, Gulf Fritillaries and several varieties of Skippers in our yard here in FL.

  9. I’ll bet you have wonderful photos as well! Hint hint.

  10. I second that, freetomato. I remember growing up on the family farm and seeing the cattle munch all kinds of plants that would be called weeds besides the grass. Our cattle were healthy and fat because they were organically raised even before the practice was called that.

  11. It is the kitty caterpillar that I LOVE 😀

  12. So very cool. What a science lesson for kids, if there were any around.

  13. rocky griffin says:

    I Love Cat -caterpillar and Mr.Munchabunch! I Love butterflies b/c they remind me of Sarah and she transforms into something more beautiful and amazing all the time!

  14. rocky griffin says:

    And my little granny Loved butterflies and they called her Cat!