If you find your dog shaking its head violently from side to side, and pawing its ear, this could mean that it has a grass seed in its ear which, if not removed, can cause…
Beware the Oleander shrub, popular in the P-O for its evergreen qualities and delicate flowers and planted in quantity to jazz up roadsides, and gardens.
Phlebotomus actually comes from the Greek phleps, phlebos meaning ‘vein’ referring to the blood sucking habit of sand flies. These ‘sandflies’ small, hairy species of mosquito, can carry and transmit leishmaniasis, (pronounced leash man eye a sis), a disease first recorded in the Pyrénées-Orientales in 1920.
After contact with the processionary caterpillars, I was in agony for a couple of weeks until I saw your posting – and it helped the doctors by giving them a diagnosis. So – please let ladies know that they should cross their legs!
Pull up a basket, snuggle down into your cushion, grab a box of tissues – and read the heart warming/heart breaking story of the retired English teacher and his psychologist wife who have opened up the doors of their Dordogne home to thirty old, sick or disabled dogs.
These are in fact caterpillar nests, constructed by the pine processionary caterpillar (chenille processionnaire) larva, who live in large ‘tents’ and march out at night in single file (hence the name) to feed on the pine needles.
Karen is kindly donating a commissioned painting of your pet, worth £395, to raise funds for Twilight Doggie Retirement Home.. Visit their website or Facebook page and read all about the amazing work they do.
The mosquito, (‘little fly’ in Spanish) has been around for more than 30 million years.
According to the pharmaceutical company MSD Santé Animale, the Pyrénées-Orientales are part of the geographical areas “most exposed” to the risk of leishmaniasis, similar to the rest of the French Mediterranean, Italy, Greece, southern Catalonia,…
Ticks are not insects, but tiny blood sucking parasites which live in woodland and grassy areas, closely related to spiders.