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The pine processionary is a moth of the family thaumetopoeidae. It is one of the most destructive species of moth of pines and cedars in southern Europe. The hairs of the caterpillar cause harmful reactions in humans and other mammals. The species is notable for the behaviour of its caterpillars, which over-winter in tent-like nests in the pine trees, and when hatched, process through the woods in nose to tail columns, protected by their severely irritating hairs.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:pine processionary caterpillar
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:19 Feb 2014 - 6:10 AM
Tags:Caterpillar, Close-up, Close-up / macro, General, Macro, Nature, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:73
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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84271 forum postsKarenFB vcard England163 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2014 - 6:18 AM

It may be destructive, but how cute is that little face!! Smile Brilliantly caught images, lovely and sharp!

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2168 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2014 - 6:23 AM

What great images Carol, he is rather cute up close. I remember seeing these processionary caterpillars in a line crossing a dirt road at the Game lodge and showed them at the time on epz...it's amazing to see...wonderful macro photography as usual

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bobsblues
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19 Feb 2014 - 6:34 AM

Good macro shots Carol well taken.Smile
Rob

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 699 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2014 - 6:38 AM

Another new one on me Carol, well captured and presented.

Andy

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Caziwinkles
19 Feb 2014 - 6:56 AM

They do look quite cute - playing chase in V2. Superb shots - as always.

Carol

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SUE118
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19 Feb 2014 - 7:22 AM

Shame they look so pretty being so destructive. Love V1 bad hair day. Smile

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 33139 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2014 - 7:47 AM

You take your camera into a world which many of us just pass by...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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ddolfelin
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19 Feb 2014 - 7:51 AM

Usual high standard, Carol - thanks.

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barbarahirst
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19 Feb 2014 - 7:53 AM

I certainly wouldnt touch them ...
they look nasty

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unicorn17
unicorn17  6 Scotland
19 Feb 2014 - 7:59 AM

Fabulous images , but not a nice caterpillar . Don't think my forestry officer would like them at all !! gx

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Badgerfred
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19 Feb 2014 - 8:05 AM

Excellent detail captured Carol,
Fred.

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2014 - 8:06 AM

two fine macro captures but it is No. 2 that stands out for me.

Albert

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2014 - 8:36 AM

Thank you for your lovely comment today, Carol: and two fine macros of these hairy caterpillar.
R.

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termite53
termite53 e2 Member 1termite53 vcard United Kingdom
19 Feb 2014 - 8:48 AM

So cute for such a destructive creature, it's almost got a quizzical look about it,
Regards
tony

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AnneB50
AnneB50 e2 Member 2103 forum postsAnneB50 vcard Scotland18 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2014 - 8:56 AM

What a strange little chap he is. Excellent shots, both of them.

Anne

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2014 - 9:27 AM

Looks like a crazy hair do in V1Grin Great duo Carol.
Joan.

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prabhusinha
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19 Feb 2014 - 10:00 AM

Not a friendly silk yielding fella ??

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kuvailija
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19 Feb 2014 - 10:17 AM

Amazing macro. Great detail and colours and bokeh. Excellent , Carol.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin --- Jukka.Smile

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2014 - 10:24 AM

Interesting caterpillar - great macros.
I've been trying to remember which insect Colleen's uploaded an image of
in processionary manner. It must be quite a sight to see up close.
Kate GrinGrinGrin:

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TrevBatWCC
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19 Feb 2014 - 11:18 AM

I don't know what species they were, but I remember finding and playing with hairy caterpillars when I were a lad, and they never did me any harm! Wink Two great close-ups, Carol Smile
Trev Smile

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JuBarney
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19 Feb 2014 - 11:44 AM

Wonderful close up in V1 & he looks so cute too.
Ju

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leontari
leontari e2 Member 1leontari vcard Greece
19 Feb 2014 - 11:58 AM

Awesome macro captures Carol. V1 is really exceptional!!! But be careful because some of them sometimes may cause a cutaneous reaction in humans and animals.
Effrossini

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AnnJ
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19 Feb 2014 - 12:13 PM

Fabulous macro image. Looks amazing, have never seen one. Ann.

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Nikonuser1
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19 Feb 2014 - 12:16 PM

A super pair of images Carol, V1 for me today, great write up, wont be going near these crittersSmile


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digital_boi
19 Feb 2014 - 12:31 PM

V2 excellent Carol

Graham

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ali63
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19 Feb 2014 - 12:37 PM

2 Super images of this beastie Caterpillar,

Ali Grin

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Joline
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19 Feb 2014 - 1:00 PM

Nasty little bugger!

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mikbee
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19 Feb 2014 - 1:22 PM

Tremendous details Carol.
Excellent shots.
Mick.

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Fefe
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19 Feb 2014 - 2:14 PM

I wonder if they are the same that plague Spurn Point during the spring and summer?
Do they have two brown spots on their back Carol? I have an image of one, nasty little varmints. They come over with the shipping to spurn, and their "nests" cant think of correct termBlush look like wet tissues stuck in shrubs and trees.
Spurn being a nature reserve.....they are left to their own devises.
Diane

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Brilane
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19 Feb 2014 - 2:56 PM

Superb macros, wonderful detail. I am glad that I haven't seen any around here, though, Grin
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AnnChown
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19 Feb 2014 - 3:31 PM

ooooo - I've seen these by the hundred and they are so scary! I'm glad we don't get many over here - top marks for getting so close Carol! Smile

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basith
basith  2 Sri Lanka
19 Feb 2014 - 3:35 PM

Amazing macro, well observed and captured carol.

Basith

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myrab
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19 Feb 2014 - 5:04 PM

Brilliant,,,,,,

Myra

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GeorgePlatis
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19 Feb 2014 - 5:09 PM

Wonderful captures in great detail and points of view, Carol !
Regards,
George

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Niknut
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19 Feb 2014 - 5:10 PM

Cracking shot !!....V1's a corker !!

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EileenH
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19 Feb 2014 - 5:43 PM

Two great imagesSmile

Eileen

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SlowSong
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19 Feb 2014 - 6:33 PM

Both excellent. V1 reminds me of sticky toffee
x

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Lillian
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19 Feb 2014 - 6:50 PM

Two great shots Carol, glad you showed V2 now know what to look for
Lillian

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LynneJoyce
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19 Feb 2014 - 7:07 PM

Super images but you have hit a sore point here Carol. The mad French woman who owns the house opposite us in Spain has let the pines in her garden run riot and as well as blocking out our light and view, they also harbour these pests!

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jaktis
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19 Feb 2014 - 7:31 PM

Interesting hairy details

Peter

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pluckyfilly
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19 Feb 2014 - 8:19 PM

Detail outstanding Carol, you make him look quite appealing

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HarrietH
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19 Feb 2014 - 8:29 PM

We have a lot of these in the north. We tell the children (and adults) to keep well away. They are easy to spot as they walk in a line head to tail in a procession. I have heard they are almost impossible to get rid of, there are nests hanging in the pine trees everywhere but I have never seen one's face close up like that Carol.

Harriet.

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dark_lord
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19 Feb 2014 - 8:42 PM

Great captures.
I happened to read about a nasty caterpillar in Brazil today whose hairs carry toxins that cause internal bleeding that can lead to death Sad
On a positive note I managed to ID a caterpillar I'd photographed ten years ago and had forgotten about Smile
Keith

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19 Feb 2014 - 11:52 PM

Definitely not one to have in the garden! Ick!
BTW - I also have a chrysallis - it's been almost a year, and it's warming up, so hopefully it will emerge.

Anne

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20 Feb 2014 - 8:54 AM

Once again incredible detailed pictures, glad I don't have these critters round here.
Peter.

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24 Feb 2014 - 5:29 PM

LOL LOVE THIS PUNK ROCKER Grin

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24 Feb 2014 - 6:34 PM

Two cracking close ups of this spiky little character Carol, the detail is phenomenal. It looks like the mad frenchwoman is joining Simon Fletcher on Lynne Joyce's hit list!Wink

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Chinga
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26 Feb 2014 - 2:07 AM

They look amazing for such nasty little insects... Must never touch them as they give you a very bad skin rash... They make good subjects to shoot ... (look but never touch)...
IB

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