Beware of the pine processionary
Imagine you have found a wonderful free pitch or a great hiking trail in a pine forest. Suddenly your child collapses and can’t breathe or has an asthma attack. Or your dog collapses because he can’t breathe and his snout is completely swollen. Only now do you notice the caterpillars or the strange-looking spider web they were in contact with. Pine Processionary! Quick help is important now, otherwise this encounter can end very sadly and your holiday would be completely ruined. That’s why it’s important to be careful right from the start. Better safe than sorry!
What are pine processionary?
They have nothing to do with spiders as one could imagine from the big nests they are spinning. Pine processionaries belong to the butterflies family and are moths. However, it takes some time until a moth develops. First of all the eggs are laid in the crowns of a pine tree by the females. In autumn the young caterpillar develops, which hibernates in the egg. As soon as it gets warmer and spring comes, the caterpillars hatched. In Spain this can happen already in January depending on the temperature. They skin shed up to six times before the pupation occurs. The caterpillars create a kind of large spider’s nest, in which they retreat during the day. They are sociable and go at night together in small groups in a procession in search of food. Hence the name “Processionary”.