PINE PROCESSIONARY MOTH CATERPILLAR
Another excellent find Rhampotheca.
Pine Processionary Moth caterpillars (Thaumetopoea pityocampa)
The larva of this moth is considered a major forest pest in southern Europe, living communally in large “tents”, usually in pine trees but occasionally in cedar or larch, marching out at night in single file (hence the common name) to feed on the needles. There are often several such tents in a single tree. When they are ready to pupate, the larvae march in their usual fashion to the ground, where they disperse to pupate singly on or just below the surface. The larvae should never be handled as the abundant hairs on their bodies cause extreme irritation to the skin…
(read more: Wikipedia) (photo: Jürgen Appel)