Euproctis chrysorrhoea is a pest of park and shade trees and of the public in the Benelux countries as well as in the northeastern United States and Canada. In the Benelux countries the brown-tail moth is present every year in the dune regions, where it mainly feeds on Hippophae rhamnoides. Hairs from the larvae are irritating to the human skin producing a papular urticaria. An outbreak of the caterpillars produced widespread discomfort at a beach in the Netherlands in 1982 following defoliation of food plants and migration of the larvae seeking food, with resulting human contact, as well as wind dispersal of the hairs.
Kniest, F. M. and Hoffman, J. R.
"Brown-Tail Moth, Euproctis Chrysorrhoea, an Indigenous Pest of Parks and Public in the Benelux Countries (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae),"
The Great Lakes Entomologist: Vol. 17
, Article 9.
Available at: http://scholar.valpo.edu/tgle/vol17/iss2/9