The Caterpillar Train

A while ago Lisa at DailyMusings (I think) had some hairy caterpillars, their real name is Ochrogaster lunifer or Processional Caterpillar, in one of her posts. Thanks to Becky at It caught my eye in Portugal for letting me know it was her post. Here is it hereΒ  I commented how my girls liked to make the caterpillar train go into a circle. Well, yesterday, driving home, on the road outside of my place, a caterpillar train was crossing the road. I had to stop to make sure they got across the road safely, albeit with a slight detour.

The caterpillar train stretched around three meters across the road
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The leader seemed to know where to go.
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They march nose to tail. Wouldn’t the one in front tickle your nose?
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“Somehow” the leader “wanted” to join in the train somewhere
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You aren’t allowed to push in the train.
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Once you are out, it is hard to get back in.
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Soon the train was in a bit of a circle with knots of caterpillars forming
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They do try to find some semblance of order
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Soon the circle became broken with a knot of caterpillars at the front
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I am sure they were trying to elect a new leader
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They are really hairy aren’t they?
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Election over, the leader decided to get the caterpillar train back on track to find a Fringe Wattle, their favourite food on my place.
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NOTE: Do not touch these caterpillars as they can cause a skin rash that can last a while.

NOTE: No caterpillars were harmed in this photo shoot

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