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Are there bugs in Spanish Moss?
July 25, 2010 2:54AM
Yes. The following excerpt is from an article on the School of Forest Resources & Conservation at UF website.
Many animals use Spanish moss for protection, taking cover in thick masses of pendent strands. Many insects and other invertebrates hide in moss masses, making it an unlikely choice for bedding by campers. The prevalence of "red bugs" or chiggers in the plant is legendary. Spiders, thrips, and dozens of other insects hide in the moss as well. This abundance of invertebrates may or may not be the reason that at least two species of bats also use festoons of Spanish moss for cover. Both red bats and pipistrelles use masses of Spanish moss as day-time resting sites.
It's somewhat common knowledge, "not to use moss as a toy".