Our gorgeous early fall weather has fostered an explosion of caterpillars large and small; some brilliantly colored, some camouflaged. As anyone who lives around trees knows, even if you can’t see the caterpillars, you can hear them. It’s the sound of light rain falling in the forest. Back  in the 1970s, entomology romanticists said that sound you were hearing was the sound of millions gypsy moth caterpillars nibbling in unison. Don’t buy it. What you’re really hearing is that gentle rainfall — of caterpillar poop.

STRIPES — One of last fall’s caterpillars with racing stripes.

4 thoughts on “That sound you’re hearing

    1. Indeed! It also means bring an umbrella with you the next time you take a walk in the woods. 🙂

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