Oak Processionary Moth (Thaumetopoea processionea) is a native species of central and southern Europe. The larvae (caterpillars) feed on the foliage of many species of oaks. The first case in Ireland was recently spotted in a Dublin park and has reportedly been traced to a recent import of oak trees from Belgium. Up to now Ireland had Protected Zone Status for this pest.
For more information, check out the following links:
- Oak Processionary Moth - Plant Pest Information
- Oak Processionary Moth - UK Forest Research
- DAFM Circular 10-2020 - Oak Processionary Moth
- Trader Notice 4 of 2020 - First Interception of Thaumetopoea processionea (Oak Processionary Moth) into Ireland
- Biosecurity - Good working practice for those involved in forestry - Forestry Commission Leaflet
- A DAFM Leaflet entitled 'Forest Health Biosecurity Kit' is available from the Forest Health section of the Forest Service Website.