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Do not handle! The processionary caterpillars follow each other head-to-tail, forming long chains in late summer and autumn. Sometimes called “itchy grubs”, their dense hair will cause intense dermatitis and can result in severe allergic reactions.
Spotted in dry sclerophyll forest. Found in open forest, woodland and savannah with wattle, Australia-wide
The adult female and egg masses of this moth can also induce skin reactions . Even the hairs on the cast skins of larvae are dangerous. These caterpillars travel in long chains when they leave the trees to pupate.