Today I met the star of one of my favourite books. He was crossing the bike path. I'm not usually an autograph hunter, but excitement got the best of me and he very kindly posed for some pictures with me before continuing on his way....
But not before he kindly allowed me to recreate a page from the text, although I had to adlib a little on the fruit selection.
Internet research leads me to believe this fine fellow is a Polyphemus Moth caterpillar, and will grow up into a 6 inch beauty if he avoids ending up as a blackbird's breakfast.
And if there was any doubt as to his credentials as The Very Hungry Caterpillar? This lumpy fellow can eat up to 86,000 times his own body weight in his 2 month life - impressive stuff!