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Hungry caterpillar

Swallowtail caterpillar in captivity

Swallowtail caterpillar in captivity

This is Bert. His full name is Bert Mark II because there was a previous caterpillar called Bert.

His home for now is a jam jar. There’s no lid of any kind because he doesn’t seem inclined to wander.

I feed him on fennel leaves which he’s devouring at an enormous rate, growing very fat.

Clive asked me: “How do you know it’s a he?”

“Because he’s called Bert,” I replied.

“Irrefutable logic,” said Clive.

Which is just as well because sexing caterpillars isn’t my forte.


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