Friday, November 02, 2012

Caterpillar caravan

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Elena said...

Let's do the Conga!!!!

Minnesotastan said...

These are called "processionary caterpillars." The ones I have read about are moth (not butterfly) larvae, and have wicked urticating hairs:

"Veterinary services have many emergency calls at the time when the caterpillars are migrating to the ground as inquisitive dogs can get too close to the intriguing procession and may pick up the hairs onto their paws, these irritate and so they lick them. Once the hairs are on the lips/tongue it will induce itching, swelling and possibly vomiting. Look out for the symptoms of : small white spots in the mouth and on the tongue, excessive drooling and chomping. In some cases partial amputation of the tongue is the only course of action."

arbroath said...

Heh heh, Elena!

Many thanks for all the info, Stan!