JAPAN - A living, breathing Hello Kitty has been found - or at least, a caterpillar that looks like the beloved Sanrio character.
The beloved feline's image graces a thousand products throughout the world, but the latest iteration of it is found in nature, crawling on rice plants and green grass in her homeland Japan and other parts of Asia.
In a Rocketnews report, Japanese blogger, Wapi-chan shared photos of a Mycalesis Gotama larva sporting Hello Kitty's iconic facial features. The photos show it undergoing various stages of metamorphosis - as a larva crawling atop long blades of grass, a pupa suspended in mid-air and an adult butterfly spreading its wings.
This larva bears an uncanny likeness to the famous cat, eliciting abundant cooing from besotted viewers. Some are torn between its cuteness and the fact that it is a creepy crawly. Others chuckle and call it a "cat-erpillar". A creative individual has even been inspired to draw fan art.
Like a kitten, this adorable caterpillar grows up way too fast. It matures into the Chinese Bushbrown butterfly, shedding any resemblance to Hello Kitty in adulthood.