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Old Feb 3rd 2024, 9:36 am
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Originally Posted by liveaboard
You're completely wrong!

Not the russians, it's the Chinese.
Oh please.... tell me the one where they escaped from a secret Chinese laboratory
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Old Feb 4th 2024, 6:34 am
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That's correct; the lab techs all went home to their families for Chinese new year, the eggs hatched, and the hairy little murderers made a run for it, moving in procession at 0.5 kmh.

By the time the holidays were over and the lab was reopened, the caterpillars had crawled into the luggage of a Chinese agricultural worker bound for Europe.

And the rest is hysteria.
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https://www.cm-seixal.pt/noticia/lag...que-deve-fazer
use google translate if you need to, but in summary:

stick your head between your legs and kiss your @rse goodbye
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DeepL (https://www.deepl.com/translator) is far better than Google Translate, but you have a free characters limit so you have to do it in chunks, which I purvey to you at no extra charge:

Between December and March, the pine caterpillar begins to descend from the tree to burrow into the earth, carrying out the "procession" from which it gets its name. It is at this time of year that the pest is most visible in the municipality, and it is at this stage that it poses a danger to the health of people and domestic animals.

The pine caterpillar also known as processionary ("Thaumetopoea pityocampa Schiff") is an insect that defoliates pine and cedar trees in Portugal. From December/January onwards, rows of caterpillars crawl down the trunks and it is their stinging hairs that, on contact, can cause allergies on the skin, eye system and respiratory tract. Children and pets, especially dogs, are the main victims, so if you see pine caterpillar nests you should take the necessary control measures.

Every year, between September and November, Seixal City Council controls this pest by micro-injecting pine trees in parks, gardens, schools and children's play areas. The council also places and monitors nests for the natural predators of this pest (titmouse), which help to regulate its population and maintain the natural balance.

In addition, the municipality is carrying out awareness-raising activities among the population, in particular by encouraging them to preserve natural predators and to take care when they are most at risk of contact. Given that eradicating the pine caterpillar is virtually impossible and ecologically undesirable, raising awareness among the population that comes into contact with it every year is a priority for the municipality.

In January 2023, and as part of the O Chapim Vai à Escola project, two environmental awareness-raising activities were held on the issue of the pine caterpillar, the causes and challenges and strategies for controlling this species in a more sustainable and ecological way, using its natural predators: one activity with the Portuguese Scouts Association, Group 269 - Fernão Ferro in Fernão Ferro Urban Park (Parque das Lagoas) and another with students from Quinta da Cabouca Primary School. These two environmental awareness activities involved 62 participants and the activity with the Scouts also resulted in five nest boxes being placed in Fernão Ferro Urban Park (Parque das Lagoas).

In 2023, 54 nest boxes were monitored, installed in various green spaces in the municipality. At the end of the breeding season, only 51 remained, 19 of which were occupied with complete nests, corresponding to an occupancy rate of 37 per cent. The occupancy rate of the nest boxes installed in the 2023 breeding season is quite satisfactory, given Seixal's peri-urban context.


OK, just more Communist Propaganda from Seixal, no real info
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Originally Posted by Midgo
DeepL (https://www.deepl.com/translator) is far better than Google Translate, but you have a free characters limit so you have to do it in chunks, which I purvey to you at no extra charge:

Between December and March, the pine caterpillar begins to descend from the tree to burrow into the earth, carrying out the "procession" from which it gets its name. It is at this time of year that the pest is most visible in the municipality, and it is at this stage that it poses a danger to the health of people and domestic animals.

The pine caterpillar also known as processionary ("Thaumetopoea pityocampa Schiff") is an insect that defoliates pine and cedar trees in Portugal. From December/January onwards, rows of caterpillars crawl down the trunks and it is their stinging hairs that, on contact, can cause allergies on the skin, eye system and respiratory tract. Children and pets, especially dogs, are the main victims, so if you see pine caterpillar nests you should take the necessary control measures.

Every year, between September and November, Seixal City Council controls this pest by micro-injecting pine trees in parks, gardens, schools and children's play areas. The council also places and monitors nests for the natural predators of this pest (titmouse), which help to regulate its population and maintain the natural balance.

In addition, the municipality is carrying out awareness-raising activities among the population, in particular by encouraging them to preserve natural predators and to take care when they are most at risk of contact. Given that eradicating the pine caterpillar is virtually impossible and ecologically undesirable, raising awareness among the population that comes into contact with it every year is a priority for the municipality.

In January 2023, and as part of the O Chapim Vai à Escola project, two environmental awareness-raising activities were held on the issue of the pine caterpillar, the causes and challenges and strategies for controlling this species in a more sustainable and ecological way, using its natural predators: one activity with the Portuguese Scouts Association, Group 269 - Fernão Ferro in Fernão Ferro Urban Park (Parque das Lagoas) and another with students from Quinta da Cabouca Primary School. These two environmental awareness activities involved 62 participants and the activity with the Scouts also resulted in five nest boxes being placed in Fernão Ferro Urban Park (Parque das Lagoas).

In 2023, 54 nest boxes were monitored, installed in various green spaces in the municipality. At the end of the breeding season, only 51 remained, 19 of which were occupied with complete nests, corresponding to an occupancy rate of 37 per cent. The occupancy rate of the nest boxes installed in the 2023 breeding season is quite satisfactory, given Seixal's peri-urban context.


OK, just more Communist Propaganda from Seixal, no real info
I'm not quite sure what you expect them to do..... they are treating the trees under their control and monitoring the problem. Would you suggest that these "communists" should extend their reach to privately-owned property?
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I'm not quite sure what you expect them to do..... they are treating the trees under their control and monitoring the problem. Would you suggest that these "communists" should extend their reach to privately-owned property?
No
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