Oak Processionary Caterpillars
The oak processionary moth feeds and lives almost exclusively on oak trees.
- Caterpillars in procession on the trunk nose-to-tail in late spring and early summer. The procession is sometimes arrow-shaped with one leader and rows of caterpillars following.
- Nests on trunks and larger branches of oak trees. They are made of distinctive white silken webbing that fades to a light brown colour.
- Dislodged nests on the ground near oak trees.
The oak processionary moth is a species of moth with caterpillars that nest on oak trees. The caterpillars are covered in small hairs which can cause health risks in humans.
To minimise health risks:
- Do not touch or approach oak processionary moth caterpillars or their nests.
- Do not let children or animals touch or approach the caterpillars or nests.
Do not try and remove the caterpillars or nest yourself.