Eastern Tent Caterpillars

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Entomologists: Control Caterpillars Now

Eastern tent caterpillars have begun hatching in Central Kentucky, and their population numbers are trending up, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture has reported.

Tent Caterpillars Hatch in Central KY

Tent Caterpillars Hatch in Central KY

Experts have reported that Eastern tent caterpillars are developing normally this spring and have just completed the egg hatch stage. Controlling the caterpillars is vital to area horse farms, as University of Kentucky research has strongly linked them with outbreaks of mare reproductive loss syndrome, which can cause late-term foal losses, early-term fetal losses, and weak foals.

MRLS Effects Minimal in Central Florida

The impact of the deadly mare reproductive loss syndrome has been minimal on central Florida horse farms this year, but experts say steps should be taken to limit future problems in the area's vast equine industry.

Preliminary Results Find Caterpillars Cause Late-Term Abortions

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture has released preliminary results from a collaborative project involving the UK Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center, the UK Department of Veterinary Science, and the Hagyard Davidson McGee Equine Hospital. This project investigated the potential of Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) to cause fetal loss when administered to mares in the late stages of pregnancy.

Isolated Cases Consistent with MRLS Identified

A few isolated cases consistent with a diagnosis of Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome have been identified in the last seven days, said the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners at a meeting May 1. The numbers are significantly less than reported for the corresponding period in 2001.

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