Oak processionary moth
Updated: Dec 5, 2019
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Oak processionary moth (Thaumetopoea processionea)The oak processionary moth not only strips oak trees of their leaves, leaving them vulnerable, but also poses a health risk to humans causing rashes and breathing difficulties. Source: www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-and-wildlife/tree-pests-and-diseases/key-tree-pests-and-diseases/oak-processionary-moth According to Forest Research, this is a notifiable pest which has now been found in several parts of Guildford Borough. “The caterpillars (larvae) of oak processionary moth (OPM) are pests of oak trees, and a hazard to human and animal health. OPM was first accidentally introduced to England in 2005, and is subject to a government-led programme of survey and control to minimise its population, spread and impacts.” Source: http://www.forestresearch.gov.uk/tools-and-resources/pest-and-disease-resources/oak-processionary-moth-thaumetopoea-processionea/ <1575481939826blob.jpg> (May need copyright) Credit: Blickwinkel / Alamy Stock Photo