This bizarre looking thing is actually the communal nest
of the Processionary Caterpillar or Bag-shelter Moth.
Nature is pretty cool but don’t touch this one -
it is likely to be filled with hundreds of the itchy grubs,
so called because they can cause severe skin irritation.
Definitely bizarre looking.ReplyDelete
Interesting. I'm glad we don't have them here but I am sure we must have their equal.ReplyDelete
I've never seen that before and I don't think I care to. : )ReplyDelete
You could count on my NOT touching it! :ReplyDelete
I wouldn't touch it for a million dollars...ReplyDelete
This is very interesting. The Processional Caterpillar has been in huge numbers on our recent walks. I actually have a video ready to post of them in my next blog. They were coming out of a nest in the ground, beside a tree. I read where they can course horses to abort their foal, if the horse ingests the hairs from the discarded skin.ReplyDelete
Yes I had heard about them causing horses to abort. I will be interested to see that video on your post. Thank you.Delete
ad they can strip a tree so fast but they never kill them...............ReplyDelete
Yes it will be interesting to see when all the caterpillars emerge as to how much damage they do, and to what particular plants/trees.Delete
I think it was Canada where I first took photos of them and wondered what they were and was very glad that I hadn't gone too near when I found out.ReplyDelete