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The creatures, thought to be brown-tail
moth caterpillars, have made their home an estate in New Addington in Croydon.
However, I concluded that our man was still musing over the weekend's alarming news that hordes of poisonous brown-tail
moth caterpillars, normally contained along the south-east coast, are marching north, spreading panic among environmental health officers.
Andrew Brown, seafront operations manager for Bournemouth council, said: "The exceptionally warm weather recently means that brown-tail
moth caterpillars are experiencing a breeding boom across the UK.
Subsequent analysis of specimens of another species, the brown-tailed
vontsira, in the Natural History Museum's collections, showed that they had found a new species.