Tayside and Central Scotland

Giant caterpillar web cordoned off after becoming visitor attraction

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Media captionA 30ft-long caterpillar web has appeared on bushes in Stirling

A 30ft-long caterpillar web beside a Stirling DIY store has been cordoned off after becoming a tourist attraction.

Thousands of caterpillars have covered a bush with the giant nest beside the city's Wickes store.

Visitors from as far away as Motherwell have travelled to see the unusual sight.

The creatures feed on cherry trees, hawthorn and blackthorn and build the webs to ward off predators.

One onlooker said he "hadn't seen anything like it in 50 years", with another calling it "creepy, scary and amazing",

The store has now cordoned off the web to protect it, with a company spokeswoman saying it was "in the process of finding out more."

Image caption Thousands of caterpillars have covered the bush with the giant web
Image caption The web has now been cordoned off by the store

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