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Oak processionary moth (Thaumetopoea processionea) in deer parks
  1. Peter Green
  1. South Woolley Farm, Shirwell, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 4JZ, e-mail: greenelm@btinternet.com

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AMANDA Carson, Richard Irvine and Aiden Foster report possible dermatitis in horses caused by caterpillars of the oak processionary moth Thaumetopoea processionea (VR, July 18, 2015, vol 177, pp 79-80) and speculate about possible adverse reactions in other animals to the irritant hairs of the caterpillars.

This invasive species has been causing concern to several of my deer park clients in the areas of south-east England where the insect has become established. Since 2010, many hundreds of ‘nests’ have been present in trees …

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