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Processionary searching for juicy seasonal menu

 

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Oak processionary caterpillars are in the news a lot these days. They share their habitat with us, humans. And this is not pleasant for both parties. Children come home after playing in the park or playground, covered in an angry red rash. Cyclists and joggers have irritated eyes and respiratory tract.

Last Sunday, V-man and I went for a walk in the woods of Ulvenhout. It was the first time I saw the oak processionary caterpillar in real life. We spotted them in at least six places: white hazy nests of industrious caterpillars with long blond hair. Fortunately, they kept their defensive bristles to themselves.

Though the plague seems to be a new phenomenon, in the nineteenth century, these creatures also frequently occurred in the South of the Netherlands. The natural enemies of the caterpillars are parasitic wasps, parasitic flies and … great tits. Let us install a lot of nest boxes for these brave birds with their peculiar menu!

Posted as part of my Six Word Saturday musings; courtesy of Debbie at Travel with Intent. Will you join us there?

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Caretaker of males, both human and feline. No lady, but all woman. Avid reader and photographer. Determined to find writing time during busy days. And nights if needed. Because I need you to meet the wonderful people who are living in my mind.

14 thoughts on “Processionary searching for juicy seasonal menu

    1. It’s their nearly invisible hairs that are nasty. For the last week, my arms, legs and especially my neck were covered in red, terribly itchy spots. I won’t be going near a forest these coming weeks. And I totally LOVE walking underneath trees. They favor oaks.
      But a new species is moving in as well: the pine processionary caterpillar!

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  1. They are a bit scary! They’re in the pines here around February time. I’ve seen lots of nests but not often seen them processing. Given a wide berth!
    Happy weekend, Marion 🙂 🙂

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