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Thousands of marauding caterpillars trap car in silky web
Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | May 28, 2009

Posted on 06/04/2009 11:55:28 AM PDT by Schnucki

Most drivers would be delighted if their car came with a silk-lined interior.

Whether it's such an appealing prospect on the outside is another matter.

This is the sight that greeted one unlucky motorist when he returned to his vehicle in Rotterdam.

Under a giant silk cocoon created by an army of caterpillars, the shape of a Honda is just about visible.

The car was mistaken as food by spindle ermine larvae, which had already begun to strip a nearby tree of its leaves.

Spindle ermines weave silk webs to protect themselves from birds and wasps, allowing them to gorge on leaves for six weeks before transforming into butterflies.

Eight species live in Britain and their webs can be seen throughout the country.

Their favoured tree is the spindle - which is often used in car parks and for lining motorways.

Stuart Hine of the Natural History Museum said: 'It only takes a few days. But we aren't talking about anything from Indiana Jones here.

‘They can bear a bit of weight but the car owner will be able to back the car out and clean it.'

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: caterpillars; pests

1 posted on 06/04/2009 11:55:29 AM PDT by Schnucki
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To: Schnucki

Excellent bait for crappys.


2 posted on 06/04/2009 11:58:03 AM PDT by envisio (Sexual Beer & BBQ Ribs)
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To: Schnucki

and nobody noticed this? Why is nothing else nearby covered? Thats very strange.


3 posted on 06/04/2009 11:58:39 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <----go there now,----> tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Schnucki
Ok, now that they caught the car what are the caterpillars going to do with it?
4 posted on 06/04/2009 11:59:52 AM PDT by Cheburashka ("Ah, Roulette. My favorite game, after Call of Duty.")
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To: GeronL

Look at the sidewalk and the lamp post to the right of the car.


6 posted on 06/04/2009 12:01:22 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Schnucki
"‘They can bear a bit of weight but the car owner will be able to back the car out and clean it.'"

Did this guy really think people would assume the silk would stop the car from moving?

7 posted on 06/04/2009 12:01:28 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Schnucki

Wow.


8 posted on 06/04/2009 12:02:28 PM PDT by VaBthang4 (He Who Watches over Israel will Neither Slumber nor Sleep.)
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To: Schnucki

Looks like a “Green-Car” experiment gone bad. If the vehicles is made of too much organic material, it could be eaten.


9 posted on 06/04/2009 12:02:31 PM PDT by TexasNative2000 ("What's in YOUR wallet? MY MONEY!")
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To: Schnucki

Well, I guess caterpillars dig Hondas.


10 posted on 06/04/2009 12:03:15 PM PDT by RexBeach ("Do your duty in all things." Robert E. Lee)
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To: Army Air Corps

I just noticed that. Pretty crazy.


11 posted on 06/04/2009 12:04:06 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <----go there now,----> tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Cheburashka
"Ok, now that they caught the car what are the caterpillars going to do with it?"

Why, go cruising for social butterflies, of course!
12 posted on 06/04/2009 12:04:36 PM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (The emperor has no pedigree.)
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To: GeronL

global warming...
anthropogenic, of course...
oh, and only caused by American capitalism, not Chinese or Indian CO2 emissions.


13 posted on 06/04/2009 12:04:43 PM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: GeronL
and nobody noticed this? Why is nothing else nearby covered? Thats very strange.

Well, it looks like they prefer a Honda to some crappy American car ;)

14 posted on 06/04/2009 12:04:51 PM PDT by SMM48
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To: GeronL

Kinda reminds me of the silkworm nests that I saw in east Texas as a young’un.


15 posted on 06/04/2009 12:05:32 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Schnucki

Looks like Gulliver had bad allergies in urban areas of Lilliput.


16 posted on 06/04/2009 12:05:35 PM PDT by IrishPennant (RLT = Radical Left Terrorism...feel it????)
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To: GeronL

Why do I think there’s a big ole tree above this car and this thing “dropped”.


17 posted on 06/04/2009 12:09:35 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Schnucki
Are those the killer Gitmo caterpillar's?
18 posted on 06/04/2009 12:11:59 PM PDT by dancusa (The word "racist" is a magic shield word that's supposed to stop any dissent.)
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To: Schnucki

Whoa. That is so freakish, like from a horror film.


19 posted on 06/04/2009 12:14:45 PM PDT by Niuhuru
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To: Schnucki

Somebody should have gone to Ninevah.

20 posted on 06/04/2009 12:15:21 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: Schnucki

That’s awesome. Reminds me of a 70s made-for-tv horror movie; perhaps starring Joan Collins and David Soul.


21 posted on 06/04/2009 12:15:48 PM PDT by fleagle ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. -Winston Churchill)
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To: Schnucki

“I’m sorry, Meinheer, but those are a protected species. You can hose your car off in...let’s see...October...”


22 posted on 06/04/2009 12:16:27 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Schnucki
marauding caterpillars

I saw the title and thought this was a Rachael Corrie thread.

23 posted on 06/04/2009 12:16:47 PM PDT by SIDENET (Hubba Hubba...)
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To: GeronL

“Why is nothing else nearby covered? Thats very strange.”

Yeah, it is weird. I could understand the attraction if it were a VW bug, but a Honda?


24 posted on 06/04/2009 12:18:50 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: envisio
Weird.

We have a tent caterpillar problem. We use a torch to destroy the webs. We only destroy the ones close to our garden and orchard. We allow some to survive on the outskirts of our property for the Baltimore Orioles.

25 posted on 06/04/2009 12:18:54 PM PDT by Dustbunny ("Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. " Ronald Reagan)
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To: Schnucki

This would be torture in Guantanamo.


26 posted on 06/04/2009 12:20:42 PM PDT by americanophile
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To: Schnucki

So Obuma was right...Caterpillar did rehire workers


27 posted on 06/04/2009 12:20:43 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (I hear the words of Jefferson louder and louder as each day passes)
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To: Dustbunny
"We allow some to survive on the outskirts of our property for the Baltimore Orioles."

The bird or the baseball team? :)
28 posted on 06/04/2009 12:26:14 PM PDT by FortWorthPatriot (Unions are great, providing you are too weak or too stupid to stay employed by your own merit.)
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To: SMM48

photoshop.


29 posted on 06/04/2009 12:26:46 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: Schnucki

this was part of a double-feature I saw at the drive-in, along with Texas Chainsaw Massacre


30 posted on 06/04/2009 12:31:45 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

In a few more weeks, it will be a flying car !!!!


31 posted on 06/04/2009 12:36:21 PM PDT by ak267
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Giant Spider Invasion?


32 posted on 06/04/2009 12:37:03 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Paladin2

I was thinking the same thing...photoshop.


34 posted on 06/04/2009 1:43:12 PM PDT by moonpie57 ("Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." MLK)
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To: Schnucki
It could have been worse...


35 posted on 06/04/2009 1:55:07 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (Hey, Obama! Where's my check?)
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To: Schnucki

I thought this was photoshopped, but now I’m not so sure. I googled Rotterdam caterpillar and there are stories showing lots more pictures. There is a car in one, but not quite as bad as this one.


36 posted on 06/04/2009 1:56:10 PM PDT by moonpie57 ("Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." MLK)
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To: Abathar

Probably, considering the gutless little 4 banger under the hood.


37 posted on 06/04/2009 2:44:54 PM PDT by Clay Moore (Obama: A good example of why stupid people shouldn't vote.)
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To: FortWorthPatriot

LOL... Birds


38 posted on 06/04/2009 3:03:20 PM PDT by Dustbunny ("Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. " Ronald Reagan)
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