The Very Hungry Caterpillar Retold in Pictures

There are few who don’t know Eric Carle’s children’s classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, about the cheeky green caterpillar who eats through anything in its path – from an apple, pears, plums and strawberries, to oranges, cake, ice cream and even cheese. We’ve taken a look at what caterpillars really eat and have come back with some astonishing if not astonishingly cute results.

As plant eaters or herbivores, caterpillars really could not digest cake, ice cream or cheese of course and some caterpillar species only feed on a very narrow selection of plants. However, most caterpillars are known to be voracious eaters of all things green and are therefore not always welcome in a garden.

The very hungry caterpillars we have followed confirm this; they eat through berries, flowers, plant pods, cabbage and even tomatoes. But see for yourself what the real-life very hungry caterpillar has been up to:

It stayed there for a few days and then…

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