Qullugiaq — Type of Worm or Caterpillar

While 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.