I thought I would do a reblog of an old post for the Ragtag Daily Prompt: Trail
I will do a bit of an edit as there was a mistake in the original
A while ago 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. They are Ochrogaster lunifer or Processional Caterpillar
The caterpillar train stretched around three meters across the road
The leader seemed to know where to go.
They march nose to tail. Wouldn’t the one in front tickle your nose?
“Somehow” the leader “wanted” to join in the train somewhere
You aren’t allowed to push in the train.
Once you are out, it is hard to get back in.
Soon the train was in a bit of a circle with knots of caterpillars forming
They do try to find some semblance of order
Soon the circle became broken with a knot of caterpillars at the front
I am sure they were trying to elect a new leader
They are really hairy aren’t they?
Election over, the leader decided to get the caterpillar train back on track to find a Fringe Wattle, their favourite food on my place.
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