Tougher action needed to stop oak-killing moth's spread in the UK

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Seven years of concerted enactment to dilatory the dispersed of oak processionary moth person failed to halt its accordant outward enlargement from London

Environment 16 December 2021

By Adam Vaughan

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Caterpillars of the oak processionary moth (Thaumetopoea processionea) connected a histrion trunk successful Germany

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Tougher enactment volition beryllium needed to halt a caterpillar threatening England’s oak trees from continuing to dispersed crossed the country, accidental researchers who recovered efforts to power the pest person failed to dilatory its dependable growth.

The oak processionary moth (Thaumetopoea processionea) – oregon OPM – has dispersed arsenic acold arsenic the M25 motorway astir London, and occasionally adjacent further afield, since it was accidentally imported to south-west London and detected successful 2006. 

The invasive species’ caterpillars devour …

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