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Huge caterpillar web attracts tourist in Scotland

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Updated: 13:10 GMT, May 28, 2016 | Published: 12:44 GMT, May 28, 2016 |
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Thousands of caterpillars created a tourist attraction in the Scottish city of Stirling on Saturday (May 28) after weaving a 10-metre web outside a DIY store.

The huge ‘fairy floss-like’ web in the car park of the store was cordoned off as visitors came to inspect it.

The insects build the webs to deter predators.

The silky blanket has fast become a talking point for shoppers since appearing outside a Wickes DIY store.

Caterpillars, which feed on cherry trees, hawthorn and blackthorn, build the huge webs around their favourite plants to protect themselves from predators while they eat.

Today Wickes announced it had cordoned off parts of the car park at its store in Stirling, Scotland to protect the web.

It’s after thousands of the larvae was seen beneath the sticky, silky mass, tucking into the green leaves.

She added: “I’ve never seen anything like it before. It just shows you how amazing nature is.

“It’s a bit like what your worst nightmare is when you see them all moving around the web, but nature is beautiful. I walk dogs and I have never seen anything like it.”

A spokeswoman said Wickes was “in the process of finding out more”.