A Butterfly Grows in Brooklyn

As I was walking home Wednesday evening, I came upon a rare sight: a caterpillar, dead center in the sidewalk, just below eye level.

Climbing caterpillar 1

Unfortunately, the little guy didn’t want to stand still for my photos – he was too busy making his way up his own silk. I’d guess he was climbing at about a foot a minute.

Climbing caterpillar 2

I soon realized a video might work better. Here he is, now safely above my head, wriggling and writhing his way toward the sky.

About 30 seconds after I stopped, a gentleman a few years younger than I also paused to marvel at the unique sight.

“That’s gonna turn into a beautiful butterfly,” he said after a few seconds of silence, before carrying on.

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