We have tent caterpillars in New Jersey, and they can be bad; but they are absolutely nothing, compared to the ermine moth caterpillars that took over the city of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, in 2009.
Imagine going out to go to work one morning to find your car completely wrapped in sticky bug-silk with a couple million caterpillars crawling all over it, and millions more under the silken web. I think I’d just go back to bed.
They also wrapped full-grown trees top to bottom. I tell you, it was a bad year for caterpillars! I have no idea what they had to do, to get rid of them. Maybe they had to wait for winter and just pray they’d never have another year like that.
I wonder if anyone at the time thought of the first chapter of Joel: palmerworm, locust, cankerworm, and caterpillar. Or was this just another post-it note that went unread?