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post #11 of 64 (permalink) Old 09-11-2009, 18:06
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Dont be frightened just be aware the little devils are around.
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Ooerrr...........are they around in this country (UK) or just France & Spain?
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Not yet but they are all over Europe
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Ooerrr...........are they around in this country (UK) or just France & Spain?
It is important to point out (I think) that they are only a problem at certain times of the year. The nests were in the trees late Nov and Dec when we travelled last year, they look like cotton wool.........it is when they leave the nests I think when the problems occur.........can someone confirm the times of year that they are the biggest problem.
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Right now, March and April, is when they are on the prowl. Walked into a train of them on our main street this p.m.
Remind dog owners travelling South to keep a watch out.
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We can vouch for their danger! The already mentioned George our Jack Russell only sniffed one and the whole of his face swelled up and he was violently sick. This was one winter in Portugal. We managed to speak to a vet in Faro who told us to keep an eye on him and luckily for us he recovered.
We are now very weary of them, giving them a wide berth if we see any.
The only good thing about the very wet winter we had this year in Portugal was that the little blighters must have drowned as we did not see any!!!!
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Plenty of them about now!

I can confirm numerous sightings in Morella, northern Valencia region of Spain. We were there a few days ago and there were several processions about the place.

Wet weather or not please do keep a close eye on your pets, and please don't try and disturb the processions yourself - best left well alone.

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They arrived in Britain a couple of years ago and are called Oak Processionary Caterpillars and it is thought they came into the UK on a batch of oak trees from Holland.

Mainly around London so far, if seen contact the Forestry Commision.

The cold winter may help kill them off, but one to watch out for especially as some people have reported their dogs being ill for no apparent reason.

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http://www.forestry.gov.uk/fr/INFD-74ABRM

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What With Scopians in Provence and now these!

Can't even go to Scotland in August because of the Midges!

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what a fascinating post! Having camped on a pine forested site in spain, for many years, in the summer ( way after the capterpillars have evolved) we have seen the nests, and had the warnings about walking barefoot etc., but didn't realise just how nasty these critters are! And your photos are stunning! Thank you
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