Astonishing photos show the silky hedges produced by webs woven by thousands of CATERPILLARS 

Astonishing photos show the silky hedges created by the webs of the caterpillars of rare ermine moths

  • Thousands of caterpillars have weaved a mass of silky webs on a row of hedges in South Gloucestershire
  • Silky blanket acts as a giant cocoon to protect their feeding plants, allowing them to munch on their dinner
  • Meanwhile in Netherley, Liverpool rare ermine moths have covered an entire street in silky webs 

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Thousands of very hungry caterpillars have covered a hedgerow and a street with a blanket of silky webs.  

The tiny larvae, who have not been identified, have made silvery webs on hedges in Hallen, in South Gloucestershire, near Bristol to create a giant cocoon to protect their chosen feeding plants.

Their silky habitat ensures the creatures can munch away on their dinner, free from predators and gorge on vegetation before they pupate into moths.

Meanwhile in Netherley, Liverpool rare ermine moths have covered an entire street in silky webs.

Walls and bushes in Hastie Close have been blanketed by the thick silk-like substance – causing fascination for local residents.

Father-of-three Kieran Provost, 44, from Netherley, said: ‘It’s amazing – a natural phenomenon.

‘It’s like looking at a Halloween scene where everything is coated in white.

‘I’ve never seen anything like it before.’ 

Other said they had no idea caterpillars were responsible, and thought it had been covered in the web effect spray in a can popular at Halloween. 

Hallen locals joked the hedge looked like the giant spider from Harry Potter, Aragog, had made his home there. 

Thousands of very hungry caterpillars have made their home in a single hedge covering it in masses of webs in Hallen Bristol. Resident Andy McColm is pictured looking at a hedgerow which has been taken over 

Kieran Provost, 44, with the webs covering bushes and walls on Hastie Close in Netherley, Liverpool

Kieran Provost, 44, with the webs covering bushes and walls on Hastie Close in Netherley, Liverpool

The tiny larvae have made large communal silvery webs on the roadside vegetation in Hallen, in South Gloucestershire, near Bristol

The tiny larvae have made large communal silvery webs on the roadside vegetation in Hallen, in South Gloucestershire, near Bristol

Experts say the webs created by the caterpillars protect the larvae from predators such as birds before they hatch into the distinctive black-spotted white moths

Experts say the webs created by the caterpillars protect the larvae from predators such as birds before they hatch into the distinctive black-spotted white moths

Hallen locals joked the hedge looked like the giant spider from Harry Potter, Aragog, had made his home there

Hallen locals joked the hedge looked like the giant spider from Harry Potter, Aragog, had made his home there

The webs covering bushes and walls on Hastie Close in Netherley, Liverpool which have been created by the rare ermine moth

The webs covering bushes and walls on Hastie Close in Netherley, Liverpool which have been created by the rare ermine moth

Walls and bushes in Hastie Close have been blanketed by the thick silk-like substance - causing fascination for local residents

Walls and bushes in Hastie Close have been blanketed by the thick silk-like substance – causing fascination for local residents

Hallen locals said they had no idea caterpillars were responsible, and thought it had been covered in the web effect spray in a can popular at Halloween

Hallen locals said they had no idea caterpillars were responsible, and thought it had been covered in the web effect spray in a can popular at Halloween

Spooky: It looked like Halloween has come early this year in Hastie Close. The ermine moths have been spinning the web since last week as they lay eggs ready for hatching in the next few days

Spooky: It looked like Halloween has come early this year in Hastie Close. The ermine moths have been spinning the web since last week as they lay eggs ready for hatching in the next few days

The silky blanket in Hallen acts as a giant cocoon to protect their chosen feeding plants, so the creatures can munch away on their dinner, free from predators

The silky blanket in Hallen acts as a giant cocoon to protect their chosen feeding plants, so the creatures can munch away on their dinner, free from predators

Andy McColm looks at a hedgerow which has been taken over by thousands of caterpillars in the village of Hallen

Andy McColm looks at a hedgerow which has been taken over by thousands of caterpillars in the village of Hallen

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