Sunday, 28 March 2010

Why did the caterpillar cross the road?




Sandra has just returned from a week in northen Spain (just south of Pyrenees) and took these videos of a line of caterpillars crossing a main road. The photos show the caterpillar and the cocoons she thinks they came from. We reckon they might be Small Eggar but really aren't sure.

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6 comments:

AndyC said...

They could be eggars of some sort but they look big to me.??Great bit of film ,thanks for posting it.

brian leecy said...

Pine Processionary look nearest in collins cat guide,comp wont show me the vid for some reason unfortunately ! all the best Bri.

brian leecy said...

Finally seen the footage,that is one amazing spectacle !all the best Bri.

AndyC said...

http://web.cortland.edu/fitzgerald/PineProcessionary.html

Cut and paste this its a dead ringer

Sandra Carter said...

Thanks for that, they must be Pine Processionary. We met a Spanish couple who didnt speak much English but described them as " processionados" when we asked what they were! We were fascinated by them and must have seen thousands of them all over the place (the caterpillars not the Spanish!!). Sound like nasty little chaps though, glad we didnt handle them (not that we were thinking of doing anyway!) I can see why they are such a problem as almost every tree had cocoons in. We were also lucky enough to watch a Hummingbird Hawkmoth for several minutes feeding on some flowers.

Winston said...

amazing! thanks for posting this behviour vid. Win