This is a sad story about Mr. Caterpillar.
We looked on the plant and I shouted “OMG!” and then “LOOK!” and then Matthew shouted “OMG”. There was one giant caterpillar staring at us on the plant. After us both squealing with fear as I took him off the plant, squirming in my fingers (!), we threw him in a bowl to examine this massive guy. This was a Tomato Hornworm caterpillar moving around with a look of warning at us.
Mr. Caterpillar didn’t just eat the jalapeno plant, he ate multiple jalapenos, with seeds! I’m sorta ruining the story here but a caterpillar eating jalapeno peppers usually doesn’t have a good ending. 🙁
Even though he ate our jalapeno plant I still wanted to save him so he could turn into a beautiful moth. I put him in the bowl with some grass and things that I thought he would like to eat (like tomatoes).
Unfortunately because he ate so many of our jalapeno peppers while on the plant, he turned to a blackish color and died a few days later. RIP Mr. Caterpillar. I gave him a proper loved burial in the garden.
In other news, how’s our jalapeno plant doing? It’s back! I’ve said before that jalapeno plants are warriors and they really are.
I’d like to dedicate these peppers to Mr. Caterpillar. Love you always, even if you eat our plants.