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 Royal Scots Dragoon Guards’ Pipes and Drums — “a section of pipers (playing the Great Highland Bagpipe), a section of snare drummers… several tenor drummers and usually one, though occasionally two, bass drummers.”
With a history that is over 300 years old, the SCOTS DG regiment’s Pipes and Drums was established in the 1920s and more officially in the 1940s. Between deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, they have more recently released albums and have toured widely, performing in concerts and parades.
The kiddo loves something about this video, whether it be the music or the marching, he has watched it many, many times in the last few weeks. And it’s a win-win: I love that he now knows a bit about Jimmy Stewart and the music of Glenn Miller!