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It's looking like a bad season for browntail moths

Hot, dry summers and warm falls have created a perfect environment for browntail moths to thrive.

Maine is in the midst of a really bad season for the browntail moth. 

The hairs of the caterpillar can cause a rash and also widespread tree defoliation. 

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Browntail moths have been especially noticeable in mid-coast communities this summer.

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Scientists say we may be seeing more moths because of hot, dry summers followed by warm fall seasons.  

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The Maine Forest Service says you can call 211 if you have questions about the moths.