Caterpillars reject ‘very hungry’ stereotype
CATERPILLARS have called for an end to the assumption that they are incredibly gluttonous.
Speaking on the 45th anniversary of a problematic children’s book, caterpillars said they were tired of being defined by their appetite.
Monarch caterpillar Tom Logan said: “I’m not saying I’m a small eater, but I only consume the calories required to keep me going through the pupal stage.
“No more, no less.
“And I don’t eat ice cream or cakes, I’m fairly sure that would be fatal.”
Logan described the notion of caterpillar gluttony as “lazy at best, at worst a form of racism”.
He said: “I can hear what kids say when they point me out to their parents, and yes it hurts.
“There should be more complex and multilayered caterpillar characters in literature.
“What about a caterpillar who’s a spy with a tortured past, or a caterpillar who falls in love outside her genus with tragic results?”