Pest Guides

Oak Processionary Moth

Thaumetopoea processionea

Appearance

Oak Processionary Moth  | Rentokil Pest Control Zambia
  • The oak processionary moth is a rather inconspicuous, grey-brown butterfly (active from middle July until beginning September). His wingspan is 25 to 30 millimetres.
  • The caterpillars of the oak processionary moth have a dark, wide back line with hairy velvet-like fields.

Lifecycle

  • The eggs (100 to 200) of the oak processionary moth winter in a egg mass at the bole. They are a millimetre large and white.
  • In April and May the caterpillars of the oak processionary moth slip and go in the typically multi-row processions onto journey.
  • Between June and at the beginning of July the larvae pupate themselves, to slip around at the end of July until beginning of August as butterflies from the nests.

Habits

  • The caterpillars of the oak processionary moth live in big colonies and ran through six stages. From the third stage they wear poison hairs which can cause toxic and allergic reactions on the skin with the human being.