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Possibly 100s silk nests containing moth caterpill

Reported via mobile in the Problem with moths category anonymously at 03:29, Sun 11 April 2021

Sent to Peterborough City Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 2664553.

We came across these silk nests filled with caterpillars and I was advised to report them. I have been told they could cause mass damage to local trees and crops. They are located in the bushes on the public walkway alongside the A16 on the Newborough side.They were not on oak trees as you can see but they have been highlighted as a potential threat and I know we should report Prosessionary Moths. The bushes and trees have possibly 100s of the nests in. As you can see from my pictures they appeared to have lots of possible moth caterpillars in. I believe them to be on council land as it's a public walkway. I know nothing about these caterpillars personally but felt I ought to report it.

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  • Inspection Arranged

    Thanks for your enquiry regarding a council-owned tree.

    Your enquiry has been allocated to one of our qualified tree surveyors who will carry out an inspection and provide an update within 20 working days.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Peterborough City Council at 08:27, Mon 12 April 2021

  • We are aware of the problem. These are brown tail moths NOT oak processionary moth.

    There are masses of them in the new plantations alongside the A16. The caterpillars feed on the leaves of mainly hawthorn and oak and these trees have been completely defoliated in a very short space of time. It is likely that the trees will recover with another flush of growth.

    The caterpillars are hairy and should be avoided as they are an irritant and can cause a skin rash.

    In areas close to the public such as the laybys we have fenced them off.
    In small areas it is possible for us to deal with them, but they are very widespread along the A16 and once the caterpillars are moving it is difficult to control them.

    We advise the public to stay away from them. We will be monitoring them and taking appropriate action

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Peterborough City Council at 08:10, Mon 10 May 2021

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