"Ah, let's hear about the caterpillars," I said, as I drew the pebbles together into a heap and began dividing them into colours.
"Yesterday I saw two little caterpillars, when I was sitting by the brook, just where oo go into the wood.
"Well, and so he didn't want the other caterpillar to see the moth's wing, oo know--so what must he do but try to carry it with all his left legs, and he tried to walk on the other set.
"He toppled over," Bruno repeated, very gravely, "and if oo ever saw a caterpillar topple over, oo'd know it's a welly serious thing, and not sit grinning like that--and I sha'n't tell oo no more!"
In this instance it was the anthropoid that retired in stiff dignity to inspect an unhappy caterpillar
, which he presently devoured.
When the caterpillars
became moths, they made friends with the ever-increasing Oddities--albinoes, mixed-leggers, single-eyed composites, faceless drones, halfqueens and laying sisters; and the ever-dwindling band of the old stock worked themselves bald and fray-winged to feed their queer charges.
The result is that the caterpillar is paralyzed, but not immediately killed, the advantage of this being that the larva cannot be injured by any movement of the caterpillar, upon which the egg is deposited, and is provided with fresh meat when the time comes.
Peckham have shown that the sting of the wasp is NOT UNERRING, as Fabre alleges, that the number of stings is NOT CONSTANT, that sometimes the caterpillar is NOT PARALYZED, and sometimes it is KILLED OUTRIGHT, and that THE DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES DO NOT APPARENTLY MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE TO THE LARVA, which is not injured by slight movements of the caterpillar, nor by consuming food decomposed rather than fresh caterpillar."
Over the Maybury arch a train, a billowing tumult of white, firelit smoke, and a long caterpillar
of lighted windows, went flying south--clatter, clatter, clap, rap, and it had gone.
She stretched herself up on tiptoe, and peeped over the edge of the mushroom, and her eyes immediately met those of a large caterpillar
, that was sitting on the top with its arms folded, quietly smoking a long hookah, and taking not the smallest notice of her or of anything else.
Cecily winced when Pat caught a mouse, visited a school chum the day the pigs were killed that she might not hear their squealing, and would not have stepped on a caterpillar
for anything; yet she did not care at all how much she made the brisk Cyrus suffer.
Or a caterpillar
? Or--and the maddening thing was that he did not dare to slap at it, for who knew what desperate characters the sound might not attract?
Germany and the Netherlands are battling many infestations of oak processionary caterpillars
, whose tiny toxic hairs can trigger allergic reactions and skin irritation.
, which can cause asthma attacks, vomiting and skin rashes, have been spotted southeast of England and in London.