Follow the leader

by Jet28 March. 13, 2012 924 views

These caterpillars are bag-shelter moth caterpillars, on their way to find a place to stay over winter before turning into moths in the spring.

They are so-called because they shelter in a big silk bag at the base of a wattle or eucalyptus tree, leaving it to go out and feed on leaves all day (or all night), then come back to it. When they've eaten all the leaves on the tree, they line up in single file and head off to find another tree. As they walk, they leave a trail of silk which each caterpillar follows.

(I'm still looking for the tree they left!)

I found this line of caterpillars on the back patio this morning.

There were 47 of them head to toe in a long line

They obviously believed in cutting corners!

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Paul 7 years, 10 months ago

Have you seen anything like this!!!! Wow!

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Livelovelaugh 7 years, 10 months ago

Wow! What a thing to see! Very cool! :)

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"Stephanie" 7 years, 10 months ago

Omg that is amazing :)

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Josy 7 years, 10 months ago

It's really incredible to read the story of these caterpillars and to see them walking in single file.

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Darlene Foster 7 years, 10 months ago

Wow, that is really interesting! But sounds like they can do a lot of damage!

7 years, 10 months ago Edited
Juhász Imre 7 years, 10 months ago

Interesting an great find!

7 years, 10 months ago Edited
Tom 7 years, 10 months ago

Wow thats an army of caterpillars, so interesting good find and captures

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