- Samuel Darlaston found a green caterpillar on the broccoli he was supposed to eat for dinner.
- He later found more green caterpillars after he purchased replacement broccoli from the supermarket, so he decided to keep them all.
- He released the insects back to nature after the green caterpillars transformed into white butterflies.
Samuel Darlaston was supposed to eat broccoli, but somebody beat him to it. He was in the middle of his preparations for dinner, removing the packaging from the green vegetable when he saw a green caterpillar.
It’s time for another of our caterpillar-now-butterfly kids to spread their wings. 🦋Broc was released live with Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2 earlier (honestly what is that sentence🤩) so just before my show on @KissFMUK right now I’ve just released his best mate Olly🦋 pic.twitter.com/r15YbRb4av— Sam Darlaston (@samd_official) June 25, 2020
“I was really shocked but also just confused because the broccoli was packaged,” Samuel said. “So this guy had been in there from Spain.”
Samuel gathered information about the insect. He later identified it as a cabbage white butterfly, common in brassica vegetable plantation around the world. He decided to keep the green caterpillar and came up with a name for it. Cedric the caterpillar. He made sure that everything that the caterpillar would need, he would provide for — including the broccoli he was supposed to have for dinner.
Hey @Tesco I was about to cook my favourite vegetable of all time (broccoli) and after unwrapping it, to my surprise, found caterpillars inside! They’re really nice and we’ve ended up keeping one as a pet and naming him. but just as a heads up, some of your broc has c-pillars😳🐛 pic.twitter.com/3VLIQAEogG— Sam Darlaston (@samd_official) June 11, 2020
“I couldn’t just set him free, he’s international,” Samuel said.
SO IT TURNS OUT THAT THIS BROC CONTAINS ANOTHER 5 CATERPILLARS????!!!! 5!!!!! Also it turns out that THIS… is now a caterpillar thread pic.twitter.com/7M0UIcUxrU— Sam Darlaston (@samd_official) June 11, 2020
Samuel bought replacement broccoli. To his surprise, he found more green caterpillars, which he introduced to the first one. He collected seven caterpillars, including one that his roommate found on his broccoli.
“By this point, we were in hysterics and obviously added the new addition to the Big Caterpillar House,” Samuel said. “We then named them all: Carlos, Slim Eric, Croc, Janine, Broc and Olly.”
Perhaps this is uncommon for people, but there were no questions about taking care of these green caterpillars for Samuel. These caterpillars need his assistance and he is more than willing to lend a hand.
Honestly Tesco, look how much Janine the caterpillar EATS!? I think you need to provide more 55p broccoli gift cards for her pic.twitter.com/sruvjcMtkO— Sam Darlaston (@samd_official) June 15, 2020
“I’ve always loved animals of all kinds and having pets/animal friends is such a key part of my life,” he said. “I wanted to keep them all safe, fat and happy until they cocooned, and then finally spread their wings.”
The OG caterpillar Cedric has begun evolving… is Caterpie is about to become Metapod 😮 pic.twitter.com/sRRXnrR3qs— Sam Darlaston (@samd_official) June 12, 2020
Cedric picked a location from the plastic container and started his transformation. From that point on, each of the green caterpillars started with their transformations. Then, one by one, caterpillars hanged themselves upside-down and began molting into chrysalises. After some time, the caterpillars transformed and bright green butterflies emerged. Later on, the green butterflies turned white.
Broc then became a chrysalis on Friday night… But then on SUNDAY MORNING I WAS GREETED BY CEDRIC!!!! he’s changed a bit 🦋🦋🦋 pic.twitter.com/KvqorlRFKh— Sam Darlaston (@samd_official) June 22, 2020
Samuel understood that he had to release the insects back into nature. He understood this part from the moment he decided to keep them, but the time spent together, made that moment emotional for him. He was surprised how affected he was after spending a week watching them grow.
“I just wanted to do the best I could for them and eventually we had all seven out of seven emerge and then eventually get released,” Samuel said.
Remember Cedric the caterpillar? Feel old yet? 🐛🦋 pic.twitter.com/EfTPqIlSXY— Sam Darlaston (@samd_official) June 22, 2020
“He was the final one and it was quite emotional but also such a nice moment because we’d worried he might not make it,” he added. “He ended up being one of the most active butterflies!”
Source: The Dodo