Climate change is helping some animal species, such as the oak caterpillar, to take up new habitats. This thermophilic butterfly is a butterfly pest, characteristic of oaks.
The bark caterpillar is a nocturnal moth that is active from mid-July to September. The caterpillar develops in autumn and hatches at the beginning of vegetation, between April and May. She goes through the sixth stage of development immediately after that, to achieve pupation around June.
Don't touch her and avoid the oaks
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From the third larval stage, the caterpillar introduces highly sensitizing, prickly hairs into the air, which can damage the skin.
Stinging hair or stinging hairs – can cause an allergic reaction of varying intensity and intensity. depending on the case: itching, which may disappear up to two weeks, swelling, eye or respiratory dysfunction (asthma attacks etc.). Appropriate weather conditions and air currents are conducive to transporting the prickly hairs long distances.
How can I protect myself?
Do not feel the caterpillars or nests even if they have fallen to the ground. Do not pick it up and make sure that children do not want to pet the “cute fluffy caterpillar”.
After contact with irritating hair, take off your clothes and wash it in the washing machine. Take a shower and wash your hair thoroughly. Rinse the attached hair from the skin with soap and water. Tightly adhering hairs can be removed with tweezers or sticky tape. In case of severe reactions (ingestion, eye contact, breathing problems, etc.), see a doctor immediately.