Natural history of the processionary moths (Thaumetopoea spp.): New insights in relation to climate change

Andrea Battisti, Mustafa Avci, Dimitrios N. Avtzis, Mohamed L.Ben Jamaa, Laura Berardi, Wahiba Berretima, Manuela Branco, Gahdab Chakali, Moulay Ahmed El Alaoui El Fels, Brigitte Frérot, José A. Hódar, Irina Ionescu-Mălăncuş, Kahraman İpekdal, Stig Larsson, Traian Manole, Zvi Mendel, Nicolas Meurisse, Plamen Mirchev, Nabil Nemer, Maria Rosa PaivaJuan Pino, Alex Protasov, Noureddine Rahim, Jérôme Rousselet, Helena Santos, Daniel Sauvard, Axel Schopf, Mauro Simonato, Annie Yart, Mohamed Zamoum

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It is difficult to find a genus of Lepidoptera showing the high variability of life history traits observed in Thaumetopoea. There are typical summer feeding close to winter feeding species, and in one special case a recent switch has been detected even within one species, the pine processionary moth, indicating that the natural history traits are constantly evolving at a fast rate. There are species adapted to cold conditions of high mountains and high latitude close to truly Mediterranean and sub–desert region species. All species have gregarious behaviour as larva and are protected against vertebrate predators by urticating setae.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProcessionary Moths and Climate Change
Subtitle of host publicationAn Update
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages65
ISBN (Electronic)978-940179340-7
ISBN (Print)978-940179339-1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Natural Enemy
  • Trail Pheromone
  • Moth Population
  • Mature Larva
  • Cedar Forest


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