Meet Chicken Nugget - The Caterpillar Whose Life Story Is Making Everyone Fall In Love

August 23, 2016

A 16-year-old found a caterpillar about three weeks ago and decided to keep it because it was "so big and so cute" and he didn't want it to get stepped on. So he named it after the first thing that came to mind...

Meet Chicken Nugget!

chicken nugget caterpillar story

Chicken Nugget's journey toward becoming Chicken Wing the Butterfly has touched the hearts of thousands on Tumblr this summer.

chicken nugget caterpillar story

"So apparently, Chicken Nugget is a spicebush swallowtail and they turn yellow before they pupate," the teen, Oddity, wrote in the original Tumblr post. "He was making little silk things everywhere. Bruh, this caterpie is going to evolve to metapod today my boy isn’t messing around."

chicken nugget caterpillar story

Oddity made it a nice home and then documented the entire process of Chicken Nugget's metamorphosis.

chicken nugget caterpillar story

Hundreds of thousands of Tumblr users tuned in.

"I put on some tunez for him so he can get into the metamorphazone."

chicken nugget caterpillar story

And it worked...

chicken nugget caterpillar story

Chicken Nugget was in a chrysalis for about 14 days.

chicken nugget caterpillar story


chicken nugget caterpillar story

On Sunday, Chicken Nugget emerged out of his chrysalis as a butterfly.

chicken nugget caterpillar story

Sadly, Oddity was not there to witness the moment due to marching band practice.

"I was freaking out because I couldn’t go home but I knew he was going to come out that day. When I came home he was flying around my bathroom where I was keeping him."

chicken nugget caterpillar story

Chicken Nugget stayed overnight as "his wings were still weird" and then was set free the next day.

Oddity told BuzzFeed that he was pleasantly surprised by the positive reaction to Chicken Nugget’s story and that the whole experience has been "a little unreal."

"People have been so nice. They are in love with Chicken Nugget."

"It made me feel happy that Chicken Nugget was making people happy and creating such positive vibes."

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