Told you so!

It was the bloody caterpillars!

Recently I had a nasty rash followed by a fever, coughing and breathing problems, all of which I attributed to some caterpillars whom I’d met at at the Crep Swing Festival. Some people laughed, some even satirised; Nic’s mum painted this:

But it was also Nic’s mum and dad who found an article in their local paper that suggests I was right and, furthermore, that the culprits were, in fact, brown-tailed moth caterpillars.

This article lists apple as the first in a list of commonly infested trees. Others point out that air-born hairs can cause serious breathing difficulty particularly in asthma or hay-fever sufferers.


  1. Tyg Says:

    Ola my allergic friend!

    Lovely to catch up with you yesterday – please do come visit us more often (even when we move to Brizzle!). Hope you got home in time for the shopping :7

  2. Renee Says:

    Mark i never knew u r given catterpillars y dont u come back to Kenya we give u real food.Ama??????????????

  3. Mark Says:

    I didn’t eat any caterpillars!

    Thanks for your visit and your comment. I have been thinking about going back to Kenya. I don’t have any plans to at the moment but at least now I think I would like to, whereas a year ago I didn’t even want to think about it.

  4. natty Says:

    Wait, people didn’t believe you about the caterpillars? Of course they sting! There was a week three years ago in New Orleans where nobody went outside because we had a horrible stinging caterpillar year. There were so many of them, they were falling out of the trees like rain.

  5. Mark Says:

    I think they believed me about the rash but not the coughing.

  6. dominic Says:

    hello Mark,what did the damn thing do to you? the rash was so visible in the picture. it must have been painfull as well. i really felt for you. you know down here a couple of years ago we had what we called nairobi fly and woe to you if the damn thing felt on you, the rash would be so urgly you would not want to venture out for fear of starring eyes. Dominic

  7. SOPHIA Says:

    Nic’s mum’ painting is bautriful.

    Which reminds me of some drawings you had made, Mark, before coming to Uni. Maybe you could post thse too.

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