January 2014: Fuzzy Worms

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FUZZY WORMS

Nobody likes me, everyone hates me… who remembers this silly  childhood song?!

Worms aren’t nearly as grillerig as some squeamish people claim.

Look closely at these Eutricha capensis, the Cape lappet moth – purplish tufts on the head seem to celebrate life. A fuzzy wuzzy worm, but a beautiful worm nevertheless.

The caterpillars clump together in numbers but no-one is too sure quite why this happens.

Post compiled by Ilse Zeitsman and Sharon Brink