At first I thought it was a trendy new arts project for the middle of our trendy arty town of Lewes in England. Caterpillars On Trees the notice read but all I could see was caterpillars on hat. I am not caterpillar squeamish but I wouldn’t choose to wear them on my head, I thought.
Then I read the notice and realized that this might be for real. Even a couple of little caterpillars were reading the sign too.
This tree in the middle of town has been transformed into something from a cartoon science fiction movie about Armageddon, or maybe the cob-webbed covered world of Dickens’ Miss Haversham.
Those webs though are real and full of emerging caterpillars and it looks like they will take over the World.
For such cute little mutli-legged crawly things, they certainly know how to make an impact, these little Ermine Moth caterpillars. I have never seen anything like it before here in our civilised little town.
Not the end of the world though, according to that notice, the tree will probably recover. Lewes District Council tells us in their kindly and informative way. The caterpillars won’t start weaving their way across our beds as we sleep either – the council didn’t say that last bit but I am sure they would concur. So enjoy your visit to Lewes little caterpillars but choose somewhere else next time – my skin is still itching.