Nature Video

By Mikey Jones


A photographer has captured detailed shots of a rare caterpillar covered tree, that will make any insect-phobic’s skin crawl.

Ingo Gerlach, 65, was shocked when he stumbled across a tree that was covered in blooming caterpillars.

PIC BY INGO GERLACH / CATERS NEWS

The caterpillars can be seen cocooning themselves in a web-like substance on the tree in preparation to transform into stunning butterflies.

The tree is situated on the Wiesensee Golf Course in Westerwald, Germany.

PIC BY INGO GERLACH / CATERS NEWS

Ingo said: “Thousands, perhaps millions, of so-called caterpillar moths have wrapped the alders with their superfine threads.

“They spin around the whole tree in such a way that hungry birds can no longer sit on it.

PIC BY INGO GERLACH / CATERS NEWS

“The caterpillars eat the tree completely bald within about ten days – leaves and bark disappear into the stomachs of millions of caterpillars.

“After a certain time they pupate, and one night at the same time all butterflies or moths hatch out of their dolls and fly away.”