Oak Processionary

    Thaumetopoea processionea

    NotodontidaeABH 71.001 B&F 2022

    First found in London in 2006, a colonist of south-east England, and possible immigrant.  In Europe it is a pest species,  whose larvae feed in large numbers on Oak trees, causing severe defoliation. The hairs on the larvae can cause a severe, possibly dangerous, rash on human skin and breathing difficulties. Cases should be reported at https://treealert.forestresearch.gov.uk/. There is one county record in 2013.

    Adult Verification Grade: 2