the Inuit do not seem to mind butterflies, they express repulsion at the sight
of caterpillars. The caterpillar is often associated with a legendary
blood-sucking, caterpillar-worm creature. A woman who was unable to have children
adopted a caterpillar, which she fed by allowing it to suck her blood. The creature
sucked her blood daily, sometimes making her so faint that she had to go to visit
her neighbours to recover. But the larva never stopped growing and, fearing that
the woman would die of blood loss, the neighbours threw it to the dogs. The hungry
dogs tore up the larva, which splattered blood everywhere.