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26-02-2015 10:51
Originally Posted by Cazzie View Post
We saw them as far north as Brittany last year.
Not long before they arrive here I suppose!

They are already here but the Oak Tree variety from France.They have been found in the South of the UK and even in Kew Gardens
26-02-2015 10:23
neilmac There have been huge amounts of nests in public places this year. In the past it has been apparent that local authorities have kept them as clear as possible (in Spain anyway).

I have a video that I took recently on my YouTube channel - hope it helps to show people what they and their nests look like to folks who haven't seen them first-hand before.

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25-02-2015 23:32
Cazzie We saw them as far north as Brittany last year.
Not long before they arrive here I suppose!

25-02-2015 20:02
BrianJP Although dangerous for dogs as I know from personal experience don't forget they are also very dangerous for human too if you breathe in their hairs or touch one.They can and do cause very skin rash and anaphalactic shock
25-02-2015 19:43
JackieP We left the Aire in Caceres in Spain three days ago as it was overrun with processions of caterpillars. They were even dropping on the roof of the van. With two dogs and a cat it just wasn't worth the risk and we moved on. I don't think I've ever seen so many nests as I did this year. If you've got pets then do take care.
04-01-2015 07:25
patp Dangerous to people too A lady told us of the day she picked a rug off her washing line and got badly stung by the flying hairs of these caterpillars. Her arm swelled to an enormous size and she was quite poorly.
03-01-2015 22:10
Penquin Google images gives me this picture of the nests in Pine;

if it goes in....

and on an oak tree;

and of the caterpillars

once again with crossed fingers.....

but these may just raise the thoughts in those travelling through such areas with pets...... Including me of course....)

03-01-2015 21:26
Processionary Caterpillars

This time of the year I think this post and thread is worth a bump and a STICKY ?
22-02-2013 13:42
Originally Posted by Easyriders
Are these caterpillars only found on or around pine trees?

We are off again to the Alentejo region of Portugal soon, but this time we have Barney with us, the dog we adopted in Portugal last October. We have to take him back to see his native country!

Round where we stay, pretty well every tree that isn't a cork oak is an olive. But en route through France and Spain, if we avoid pine woods, should we and Barney be safe?

It's just that one of the earlier posts on this thread talked about "oak processionary caterpillars" being in the UK - so do they also live on oaks, or only on conifers?
Having just returned from a round trip to Spain via France I was alarmed at the number nests in the pine trees I saw en route particularly at the roadside and in and around service areas in both countries. Whilst you are ok at the moment anyone travelling down there in the next few months with dogs should take extra care and follow all the advice previously posted on here.
When I got to my house in Spain I had to remove and burn 3 nests that I found there despite having sprayed them last autumn.
I know to my cost what can happen if a dog goes near to the caterpillars or touches one.
They usually infect a few varieties of pine tree in France and Spain mainly the "Stone Pine" ( "Pinus Halepensis" , in think).
If you look at posts here you can easily identify the nests, as they look like candy floss but can start low down stretching to the top of the tree as spring approaches and on the sun facing side.
Take care!
04-01-2013 16:56
Easyriders Thanks, JollyJack. Looks like we need to watch out in the cork oaks, too.
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