PS. this was apparently on my clipboard: "it might be gypsies.... it might also be some sort of arctiid, like a webworm or something. Maybe even eastern tent caterpillars. who knows. not much is gregarious like that. What do the cocoons look like?"
which reminds me that my house gypsie left yesterday and that makes me sad because i no longer have anyone with which to drink whiskey. And no, i will not elaborate.