Outbreak of toxic caterpillars in London

Outbreak of toxic caterpillars in London
The larvae of the Oak processionary moth: toxic caterpillars. (Image: UK Forestry Commission via Euronews)

[Ed. – Good grief.  Some nasty rashes in the photos at the link.  Don’t touch.]

An infestation of toxic caterpillars that can cause irritation, rashes and breathing difficulties has been identified in and around London, according to the UK’s Forestry Commission.

The organisation issued a warning not to touch the creatures.

The larvae, or caterpillars, of the oak processionary moth (OPM) were first spotted emerging from egg plaques in mid-April.

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The Commission has now identified more than 600 sites for treatment.

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