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Feb 24th, 2015 at 7:48pm
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Don't know if it's just on my plot but there are a huge amount of Pine Processionary Caterpillar nests this year and they've started to emerge so beware.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine_processionary
  

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Reply #1 - Feb 24th, 2015 at 8:11pm
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Some nests were blown out of a neighbours tree, in strong winds, a few weeks ago.
(I expect more will come down in these gales)
We saw caterpillars climbing up the wall of house.
Have only seen them on the ground before.
A few days later a kitten was really poorly, after being near caterpillars. It was in the vets, being treated for a few days, but luckily it's o.k. now.
  
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Reply #2 - Feb 24th, 2015 at 8:34pm
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I've intercepted two trains so far heading from the pine opposite towards the house.  Fly spray works.
  

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Reply #3 - Feb 25th, 2015 at 3:14pm
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Most of the Pine trees in the Ports Mountains appear to be covered in the nests! Can not remember so many nests in the Mountains in previous years.
  

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Reply #4 - Feb 25th, 2015 at 6:19pm
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So it's pretty general then.  I also have never seen anything like as many as this.  They're damaging the trees as well.  Especially the smaller ones.
  

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Reply #5 - Feb 25th, 2015 at 6:25pm
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Evil little B's and dangerous to humans and pets.
  
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Reply #6 - Feb 25th, 2015 at 6:32pm
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Yes, there's a lot about them at the link in original post.
  

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Reply #7 - Mar 8th, 2015 at 5:05pm
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Plaque of processionary caterpillars this year?
Reports of 300 cyclists riding through a park in Seville, having problems, and needing medical treatment.
  
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Reply #8 - Mar 8th, 2015 at 6:08pm
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All in a line and getting in everybody's way... and the caterpillars are no better!!!  Grin
  
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