predator protection

At first glance, walking along the blackthorn hedgerow at Fromus, you might think there were some impressive spiders at work creating enormous webs.  Look closer and you think the spiders have got themselves a feast of caterpillars!  But instead, these ermine moth caterpillars are making the silk web themselves to protect themselves from predators while they munch their way through the blackthorn leaves on the way to becoming ermine moths.  Hopefully, we’ll have fine enough weather before our August open day to trap some ermine moths that survive the transition.

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