Brown-Tail Moth, Euproctis Chrysorrhoea, an Indigenous Pest of Parks and Public in the Benelux Countries (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae)

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Vol: 17, Issue: 2

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Kniest, F. M; Hoffman, J. R
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Euproctis chrysorrhoea is a pest of park and shade trees and of the public in the Benelux countries as well as in the northeastern United States and Canada. In the Benelux countries the brown-tail moth is present every year in the dune regions, where it mainly feeds on Hippophae rhamnoides. Hairs from the larvae are irritating to the human skin producing a papular urticaria. An outbreak of the caterpillars produced widespread discomfort at a beach in the Netherlands in 1982 following defoliation of food plants and migration of the larvae seeking food, with resulting human contact, as well as wind dispersal of the hairs.