A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Pine Processionary Moth

January 28, 2016

The species is notable for the behaviour of its caterpillars, which overwinter in tent-like nests high in pine trees, and which process through the woods in nose-to-tail columns, protected by their severely irritating hairs. Best not to touch or stand under the nests.

Not a pest here but quite capable of stripping a pine tree of its needles.

 

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