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Man Stops Car When He Notices Line In The Road Is Wriggling

Why did the chicken cross the road? If he was in Australia, he might have been following the caterpillars. Apparently, they like to cross roads occasionally, too. One motorist stumbled across a tiny herd of caterpillars heading across the street. He quickly jumped out and filmed it.

A video blogger was driving along in Brisbane when he noticed a funny, fuzzy, moving line on the road. He pulled over and got his camera rolling because he had to share this. Matt Anderson was extremely excited about the event.

"Only in Australia have I seen something this crazy and makes you realize how amazing nature can be," he said.

Anderson encountered a long line of fuzzy caterpillars making their way across the road. The odd part is, the insects lined up in perfectly straight, single-file fashion. Anderson estimates there were about 150 of the critters.

"A line of worm insects over 150 crossing the road in a line!" he exclaimed. "This could be straight from the animal planet of a David Attenborough documentary."

You have to wonder what the caterpillars were doing. Were they in the middle of some kind of festival, joining in a conga line dance? Was it an elementary school of the insect world taking a field trip? Anderson had his own speculation.

"Maybe it's because of a defense to larger pray and replicating a snake or perhaps they find it easier to cross large distance together in unison," he said. "I am so happy to have experienced this line of worms. Just wow."

According to some reports, Anderson isn't the only person with a camera who has stumbled across the spectacle as of late. The phenomenon occurs when the caterpillars join together in freight-train style formation (there's safety in numbers) behind a lead female.

The little wrigglers keep in line by using fine silk threads. Each caterpillar spins a little thread out of its backside, and the bug behind him holds it by his mouth. If the thread happens to break and part of the line falls behind, they simply follow the poop trail until they catch up again.

They're off to bury themselves in soft soil where they can form cocoons. "They proceed in single file, in a continuous row, each touching with its head the rear of the one in front of it... No Greek theoria winding its way to the Eleusinian festivals was ever more orderly. Hence the name of Processionary given to the gnawer of the pine," wrote Jean-Henri Fabre, a French entomologist, in his book 'The Life of the Caterpillar'.

The book came out in 1916, and caterpillar processions are still going on today.

Whether or not you’re lucky enough to spot one of these processions depends on where you live, and what time of year it is. They’re most commonly found as winter approaches, but because of changes in the global climate some of the processions have been a little off schedule in recent years.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: YouTube

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