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Making a Caterpillar Necklace

September 4, 2012 | Milkwood Farm | 9 comments | Author:

So we have these great fuzzy caterpillars in the forest garden who occasionally get together and go journeying in a long, fuzzy line.

We happened to be in the forest garden during one such sojourn, and Nick decided to do a bit of caterpillar-wrangling…

After a couple of minutes, the caterpillars disbanded (ha ha) and proceeded on their route through the forest garden in a long, wiggly line as before.

What does this have to do with permaculture and creating a kick-ass small farm? Erm… I’m not sure.

But it was a moment in time that we’ll remember, and silly stories like this are as important as building the soil food web when it comes to place making.

Another ‘remember the time’ to tuck in a corner somewhere. Happy caterpillar necklace Tuesday, everyone!

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  • Emily Heath September 4, 2012 at 7:08 am | Reply

    Mesmerising! Wonder how they decide which caterpillar is the leader.

  • gordon September 4, 2012 at 8:34 am | Reply

    “Mesmerising! Wonder how they decide which caterpillar is the leader.”

    No idea. But, to judge from the continued existence of their ecological relationships, at least they can find a leader who takes a long-term view. Maybe we should do some research into the political ecology of caterpillar populations? Or is it just that they don’t have three-yearly elections?

    1. Emily Heath September 4, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Reply

      He he! We have a lot to learn from caterpillars, I’m sure.

  • Mona Casselman September 4, 2012 at 11:27 am | Reply

    I adore moments like this- thank you so much for sharing!

  • Lisa at Greenbow September 4, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Reply

    Swing your partner and doe see doe.

  • Kirsty@BowerbirdBlue September 12, 2012 at 12:26 am | Reply

    very cool. It is such moments that glue our lives together.

  • nikkibanicky September 14, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Reply


  • Crystal September 16, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Reply

    Hi All,
    These might be the ‘processionally caterpillars’ which are closely watched by horse breeders. Ingestion of the tiny hairs on the caterpillars’ bodies will cause the mare to abort at 10 months into her 11 month pregnancy :( very sad situation. Breeders are making sure there are no caterpillars on their properties. These lil guys are cute, and an important part of the cycle of life, just be cautious if you have horses.

  • Jim October 14, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply

    These caterpillars could be from a nearby white cedar tree after denuding it then heading off for a winter pupation, often in buildings. And yes they can be toxic to some animals.


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