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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.

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.

Thanks, Annie.