When you think of invasive species, a fluffy little caterpillar probably isn't the first that that comes to mind — that is, unless you happen to live in London. The UK forestry commission has been fighting a battle against the larvae of an insect called the oak processionary moth (OPM for short), and after a cold winter pushed back the hatching of the newest broods, the region and its citizens are now under attack.
You might think that "attack" is somewhat of an overstatement — after all, what could a little caterpillar do besides inch along on a tree branch, right? — but you'd be wrong. These particular caterpillars are covered in tiny needle-like, poisonous hairs that can cause a seriously uncomfortable rash when they come in contact with human skin.
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