Skip to content

The Pine Processionary


What you see here – if you look closely – is the Processionary Caterpillar (Thaumetopoeidae pityocampa), actually three of them clinging onto each other top to tail.

I think they are rather beautiful little creatures to look at, but hey, don’t ever touch one.

These Pine Processionaries are lethal in many different ways. They can kill a healthy pine tree in three days flat, before they hop onto the next pine tree and finish off that one for seconds.

If you touch them, you will suffer a terrible rash on your skin. If you get them anywhere near your eyes, you will be in serious trouble of pain and irritation.

The Thaumetopoea Pityocampa is considered a pest in Mallorca, and much money is spent by the Consell de Mallorca every year to combat them, not necessarily with all that much success it would seem.

The photo was taken in Los Huertos, near s’Horta, Felanitx, Mallorca, Spain. The date: February 23rd, 2008. The time was 14:56:08.

1 reply »

  1. I would like to add, that these caterpillars are very very dangerous for animals!
    Especially your young dogs and cats could try to taste them and the poison will destroy their tongues. You have to go immediatly to the veterinarian, if you see them playing with the caterpillars or tasting them!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

February 2008


  • 1,555,678 visits


Copyright © November Press 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to November Press and Mallorca Daily Photo Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Copyleft ©© Klaus Fabricius 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

%d bloggers like this: