I Killed A Bug

I’m sure  the title of this post has you all super excited to read it. Ha! I have to show you some pictures of one of the freakiest caterpillars I’ve ever encountered though and tell you how I managed to kill it.

The boys and Nick discovered this strange thing crawling around on our front porch, and ran inside to tell me to come look. I went out, looked at it and marched right back inside for my camera. But wait, he (she?) gets weirder…

Do you see  that pinkish thing coming out of his face? Yeah, apparently THAT is his real head. Whenever it would get nervous by the proximity of the boys (or me for that matter) it would tuck his real head into his body, kinda like a turtle. But wait… it gets weirder!

Rearing up…

My focal point was a hair off here, but do you see those weird antennae he popped out?! Know what’s even weirder? When he did that, he also emitted a terrible smell. Seriously, I’ve never seen a weirder caterpillar!

Naturally I had to then get on Google to figure out what this odd thing would turn into eventually. Turns out it would turn into a Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly! Immediately the memories of collecting Monarch caterpillars and milk-weed and putting them in a container to watch them turn into butterflies was brought back. I loved doing that as a kid! We would spend hours each summer in the fields around our house looking for the caterpillars to bring home. So I told the boys we were going to catch it, find some leaves it might eat and see if we could watch it become a butterfly…

*sigh* I wish I was better at tree identification, because I clearly gave the poor thing the wrong kinds of leaves. He was on our table, in his container, for about 4 days before he suddenly stopped moving. So sad 🙁

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the story of the weird bug and how I killed it.


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  • fun shots and sad about the bug! i wouldnt have any idea what to feed one!ReplyCancel

  • i am going to have nightmares about that weird looking bug now.ReplyCancel

    • LOL! Just do a quick Google search for gross bugs and you’ll forget all about that one, I’m sure 🙂 (Aren’t I helpful?)ReplyCancel

  • It looks like the hungry caterpillar 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    great job capturing those photos!! but seriously a disgusting bug to say the least!!!ReplyCancel

  • FANTASTIC shots! And I love the decoy eyes on the body, nature is amazing. I’m glad you gave it an attempt to try to see the transformation, because that would have been so cool for the boys!ReplyCancel

  • He’s kinda cute, as caterpilars go. Next time you find one, find a lilac bush, they love lilac leaves.ReplyCancel

    • We have one of those in our back yard! I’ll keep that in mind for next spring. I think the boys would get such a kick out of watching it develop and change.ReplyCancel

  • we recently had a very similar experience with capturing a large, strange caterpillar and putting he/she into our Habitat of Doom. We researched and found out the name (which escapes me now and frankly that book is all the way in the other room…ahem) and discovered it transforms into a moth underground and then “crawls” out. Good deal – we put in a pot of dirt with a tomato plant for him to munch on and anticipated the next step. He did in fact burrow underground, at least we suspect he did because he’s no where to be found. But, it’s been five weeks and no sign of Mr. Caterpillar changed Mr. Moth. I think he must have dug himself a grave instead. Bummer!ReplyCancel

    • Oh my goodness, Sammie! So much of that just made me laugh out loud!ReplyCancel

    • Habitat of Doom – love it. I think I made many of those as a kid.ReplyCancel

  • Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.ReplyCancel

  • an ugly bug will turn beautiful butterfly. Last time there is a lot grow at my grandma’s oren tree. is so disgusting and eating all the leave 🙂ReplyCancel

  • pop pop

    I don’t think that caterpillar is ugly at all. I love the pictures !
    Six weeks till we get to see you all !!!!!!!ReplyCancel