7/18/2005

Green Caterpillar

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Green Caterpillar (aomushi)

***** Location: Kenya, Japan, others
***** Season: Non-Seasonal Topic in Kenya
***** Category: Animal


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Explanation


"green insect", as mentioned in the haiku below
in Kenya is not a caterpillar, but a flying and crawling insect (for example a sort of spider).
The common green lacewing (scientifically known as Chrysoperla rufilabris) is one of them.
More later.

There are of course many kinds of green caterpillars in Kenya, but we have them in all seasons.

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Green Lacewing
http://www.insectary.com/lw/lacewing.htm

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Worldwide use

Japan


http://onion.cocolog-nifty.com/homemade/cat849134/

Green Caterpillar, aomushi 青虫
leaf-eating caterpiller, namushi 菜虫
picking leaf-caterpillars 菜虫取る
kigo for all autumn

These bright green caterpillars prefer the leaves of vegetables, like big radish. Children pick them with chopsticks.
The caterpillar develops into the beautiful butterfly Monshirocho 紋白蝶 モンシロチョウ
(Small White in UK, Cabbage Butterfly in USA).


Click HERE to see more photos of the green caterpillar

Click HERE to see photos of the butterfly.


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Things found on the way





. The Very Hungry Caterpillar .
a children's picture book designed, illustrated and written by Eric Carle.


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HAIKU


a green insect
crawling in green grasses
sucking green sap

Oseme Jeremiah (Bamboochas) Kenya

青虫や
青葉を這って
青汁チュウ

aomushi ya
aoba o hatte
aojiru chu~

(Tr. Nakamura Sakuo)

chu~ is a also word used for a kiss blown to a child. Here it is used to imitate suu 吸う, sucking.

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a green caterpillar--
English Class suddenly
focused


eiko yachimoto, Japan July 2006

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green caterpillar --
how it peers through the leaves
in my vase!


Isabelle Prondzynski, July 2006

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Related words

***** World Kigo Database : Insects (mushi)

***** Hairy Caterpillar in Kenya

***** Caterpillar (kemushi) Japan


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2 comments:

sakuo said...

Thank you Gabi san, for your nice edition.

sakuo.

Isabelle said...

small green caterpillar
become large green caterpillar --
red asters

Isabelle Prondzynski