A tribute to an unknown creature


It was a wet monsoon morning. We had recently shifted to our newly constructed house. After weeks of packing and unpacking and then arranging things, I had finally got some time to relax. Nothing soothes me more than a day spent in my bed with a good book and a mug of coffee, especially when there is no trace of sun in the sky. I was about to start reading when my mom's voice informed me that she was leaving for office. As she grabbed her purse and moved out to the front yard, I followed her in order to lock the gate after her. We said our goodbyes before she drove away.

I closed the large iron gate after she left. As I turned back, my eyes met a beautiful little creature crawling on the marble floor in front of the door. I observed her for a few seconds. Nearly an inch long, she was black in color. Her body looked like a series of tiny interconnected tubes, with a triangular tube each at the beginning and the end. Each little tube was decorated with two orange dots near the edges. The orange dots formed a long line on both sides along the entire length of her body.Sprawling outwards from below those dots were innumerable tiny legs, which often aligned so as to form numerous small triangles when she moved. When trying to identify her on internet later, a smooth caterpillar was the closest (though not close enough to be identical) I could get.

I rushed inside and returned with my camera a few minutes later. As I moved closer and leaned over her to capture her, I heard my neighbor Mrs. Ahuja shouting. She had been watching the whole exercise for some time. As she saw me moving close to it, she began to panic and tried to dissuade me from doing so. I asked her to calm down; it was just a small creature for God’s sake. I heard her calling upon her servant Titu and instructing him to “throw the insect away”. I clicked a few snaps of my little friend before Titu could arrive. Soon I could hear him banging on the gate. I opened it to let him in. “How are you going to move it outside”, I asked and began to look around for something on which he could place the little creature and take her away. I had the trash tray in my mind. “Kahan hai wo? (Where is it)”, he asked me. I pointed in its direction. Before I could ask him to take the tray, he, to my horror, raised his foot and crushed the innocent creature under his shoes.

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paypalku 5 years ago from Yogyakarta

that there may be creatures in your home is caterpillars. From caterpillar will become a beautiful butterfly.

Reena J 5 years ago

It might be caterpillar family... many of the unknown creatures are found in this world and i get excited in seeing all that species...

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A veru unique and interesting hub. Thanks for sharing.

Take care


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TicksProfessional 5 years ago from Lucknow India Author

Paypalku Yes it was a caterpillar or something close. I am not sure though. Thanks for stopping by.

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TicksProfessional 5 years ago from Lucknow India Author

Reena J yes there is so much diversity and this is what makes the world beautiful. I am glad that you stopped by.

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TicksProfessional 5 years ago from Lucknow India Author

Eiddwen Your kind words are appreciated.

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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is a wonderful story. Why would anyone want to kill the little Critter? There's room for all. I'm terrified of snakes, but i would never kill one. You have a kind heart. Thank you.

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Sneha Sunny 5 years ago from India

awwwww.... titu the killer!!!! he killed her. People do that oftenly!! :-(

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TicksProfessional 5 years ago from Lucknow India Author

Yeah unfortunately we all find it too easy to kill. Sneha Sunny Thank you for stopping by.

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TicksProfessional 5 years ago from Lucknow India Author

Always exploring thank you for reading. Your kind words are appreciated. I know you have a beautiful heart.

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

What a great story--and it is wonderful that you could see the value of this small creature-

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TicksProfessional 4 years ago from Lucknow India Author

AudreyHowitt thanks for your kind words.

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