This is a flannel moth caterpillar, or Megalopyge opercularis, walking on a tree inthe Ucayali Amazon basin, north of Pucallpa in Peru. The video, filmed by Ollie Boon, showcases the caterpillar’s cute and furry looking exterior, but be warned that there are venomous spines hiding within the fluff!
This caterpillar caravan is made of hundreds of pine processionary caterpillars (Thaumetopoea pityocampa) marching in a long nose-to-tail processional train when they’re ready to pupate. After finding soft soil to burrow, they’ll remain underground until they emerge as a Pine Processionary moth. But don’t touch! This particular caterpillar’s hairs secrete poison that can irritate human skin and dangerous to animals.
The above video is of another procession that actually begins to burrow. Narrated in French — the species can be found in pine woods across central and southern Europe, including France — they are called les chenilles processionnaires du pin.
Curiosity (or something very much like it) captured in this 40 second video at The Calgary Zoo: Gorillas watch a fuzzy caterpillar walk along their enclosure door.
The Caterpillar and the Brook is from the animated series Minuscule. A French-made collection of short stories, Minuscule is about the private lives of ants, snails, bees, caterpillars, wasps, spiders and other tiny creatures, all told without any speaking at all. Highly recommended! For a caterpillar double feature, enjoy Caterpillars in Pairs:
And for the kid’s favorite Minuscule short of the series, finish up with zzzeplin, about a spider and a balloon.
Meet the Bombyx Mori in its caterpillar, larva or “worm” state — silkworm to be specific (though it’s not a worm at all).
After they have molted four times (i.e., in the fifth instar phase), their bodies become slightly yellow and the skin become tighter. The larvae will then enter the pupa phase of their life cycle and enclose themselves in a cocoon made up of raw silk produced by the salivary glands. The cocoon provides a vital layer of protection during the vulnerable, almost motionless pupal state.