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Baby birds love tasty caterpillars. Here, momma bird prepares to feed one to her babies.

EXPLORING NATURE WITH JERRY HALL: Oak worms: also known as caterpillars

You may have recently encountered pesky little gray and green worms hanging on thin silk-like threads from area oak trees. They are not technically worms and the thread is definitely not silk, but the little crawlers are a regular spring thing around here. And while too many of them can be a nuisance, like most other things in nature, they do provide a positive contribution.

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