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This is the moment a group of tiny caterpillars formed an incredible

17ft long convoy to cross a road in the Kruger National Park.

Some 136 caterpillars made the single line and wriggled top-to-toe

across the road, linked by a thin silk thread which set their path.

And their safety-in-numbers approach had the desired effect as the

slow-moving convoy was easily seen by motorists, who were held up for 20

minutes as it made its way across.

The spectacle was captured on camera by British tourist Jamie Rooney,

who was visiting the famous Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Jamie, from High Wycombe, Bucks, was in a Jeep full of tourists when

their driver slammed the brakes just inches from the crawling

caterpillars. He said, 'It was an incredible sight. We were out driving

in Kruger National Park for a safari, when all of a sudden the driver

shouted out and slammed on his brakes.'

'He managed to stop just in time in front of this amazing trail of

caterpillars, which was stretching across the road.'

'Conservation is a massive deal in South Africa and the idea is that if

there is any living creature in the road you have to wait patiently

until it is safely across.'

'We got out to get a closer look and counted 136 caterpillars in convoy,

all moving together across the track.'

'They were following a very, very thin silk thread on the ground and it

took them about 20 minutes to get across the road safely.'

'Our guide had never seen it before, but he'd heard about it and

explained they were migrating into the bush where they would disperse.'

'It's like the mass migration of bigger animals like wildebeest, but on

a different scale and pace.'



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Cool. Thanks for sharing this. Some of the simplest things can be real amazing.
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Absolutely remarkable, JJ!
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Post by Patsy Warnick »

OMG JJ

I use to live between to large crop fields - every year caterpillars would cross the avenue -

it would be thousands crossing - kinda played tricks with your vision - it made it look like the pavement was moving similar to a earthquake.

I haven't thought about the caterpillar crossing in years..

Thanks

Patsy
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You have got to love Mother Nature in all her simple ways. Those catterpillars will turn into butterflies

Great post J!:-6

Lady J

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