This insect, caterpillar stage already affects more than 10,000 hectares in the center of the region and causes damage typical of spring season. Environment provides for controlled advancement of drillers, who have eaten 400,000 trees.
The arrival of spring accelerates the onset of the processionary caterpillar, one of the major allergic reactions that occur in our country. Mainly comes from the pines, but also other types of trees such as mulberry trees. The most important thing to avoid a sting (although as such not be because they do not bite, they are only toxic by contact) is able to identify them.
The pine processionary (Thaumetopoea pityocampa Schiff), a lepidopteran of the Mediterranean area which is distributed between Portugal, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Lebanon, etc ,, as well as Germany and Switzerland, has five larval stages
The Thaumetopoea pityocampa or processionary pine, in its caterpillar stage is covered with hairs that emit floating in the air when threatened. These hairs have a stinging and allergic effect that can irritate ears, eyes, nose, throat and skin.
The pine processionary is an insect that lives in nests built in preferably pine trees, but also arranged in cedar and fir. In spring, the processionary down from the trees and travel in line, looking for a suitable place to bury and make the metamorphosis to become chrysalis.