Big Green Caterpillar

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Big Green Caterpillar
The caterpillar bursting from the first apple
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
The caterpillar burrowing through some apple planets

The Big Green Caterpillar[1] (erroneously and generically referred to by Prima as a "worm"[2]) is a giant harmless insect only appearing in Super Mario Galaxy. Specifically, it appears in the Gusty Garden Galaxy's mission called The Dirty Tricks of Major Burrows, where it is found after Mario uses a Ground Pound on a specific stump on a giant apple planet. Once Mario does this, the caterpillar bursts out before crawling into another apple planet. After repeating this process two more times, the caterpillar instead leads to a Launch Star, which Mario can use to continue. The caterpillar is most likely based on the larva of the codling moth, due to its tendency to burrow into apples.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ムイムイ[3]
Possibly from「無為無為」(mui-mui, innocent) or「無為」(mui, idleness); the "mu" may also come「虫」(mushi, insect) or specifically「毛虫」(kemushi, caterpillar)
Italian Millepiedi[4] Centipede


  1. ^ Super Mario Galaxy internal filenames (GreenCaterpillarBigBody, GreenCaterpillarBigBodyLow, GreenCaterpillarBigFace, GreenCaterpillarBigFaceLow)
  2. ^ Fletcher Black, Super Mario Galaxy PRIMA Official Game Guide. Pages 35 and 172.
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Galaxy section, page 126.
  4. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 126