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Writhing Nest of Caterpillars

If you ever see great clumps of webbing on nettles in the UK in July, they are likely to be the nests of these little guys, the caterpillar of the peacock butterfly. The first time I saw them emerging, almost like mini erupting volcanoes, was 2019. An incredible memory.

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Daisy Blacklock
Daisy Blacklock(@daisy-blacklock)
1 year ago

They send little shivers down my spine. I had no idea that the peacock looked like this as a caterpillar.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

Honestly, I am afraid of that little thing. It will give me goosebumps.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Carrie OLeary
1 year ago

Hehehehe. I am so sorry but I have a phobia of crawling animals like snakes and that little one. 

Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
1 year ago

They look amazing, Carrie, and I googled to see the peacock butterfly – beautiful! At first sight I thought they were like our (Australian) spitfire caterpillars but, thankfully not. The spitfires can cause an awful rash and are quite creepy 🙁

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