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UK entomologists report eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch now underway for Central Kentucky

By Holly Wiemers University of Kentucky Eastern tent caterpillars have begun to hatch, with the first instances being seen in Central Kentucky on March 12, according to entomologists in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. According to Jonathan Larson, entomology extension specialist, after spending about nine months as eggs in masses on twigs of wild cherry and...

Eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch underway in Central Kentucky; Farm managers urged to be vigilant

By Holly Wiemers University of Kentucky Eastern tent caterpillars have begun to hatch, with the first instances being seen in Lexington on March 24, according to Daniel Potter, professor of entomology, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. According to Potter, after spending about nine months as eggs in masses on twigs of wild cherry and related trees, the first tiny...

Farm managers encouraged to be vigilant as eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch imminent in Central Ky.

It is likely eastern tent caterpillars will begin to hatch soon, according to Lee Townsend, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment extension entomologist. According to Townsend, after spending about nine months as eggs in masses on twigs of wild cherry and related trees, the first few tiny eastern tent caterpillars of the season soon should be leaving their eggs. “The...

Early egg hatch for eastern tent caterpillars anticipated throughout Central Kentucky region

It is likely eastern tent caterpillars will begin to hatch soon, according to Lee Townsend, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment extension entomologist. “Eastern tent caterpillars are among the first insects to appear in the spring. Consequently, they can cope with the erratic temperature swings that are common in Kentucky. This year’s unseasonable warmth points to...

Eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch begins in central Kentucky, horse owners urged to watch fence lines

By Carl Nathe and Holly Wiemers Special to KyForward An eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch was reported March 17 in Scott County. “This year’s first observed hatch is seven days earlier that 2015, reflecting the warm spring temperatures,” said Lee Townsend, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment extension entomologist. “The hatch is not synchronized; tiny larvae...

Caterpillars linked to mare reproductive loss syndrome unfazed by frigid winter season

Blasts of polar air across Kentucky made this winter one to remember for many, but experts say the eastern tent caterpillar probably didn’t take notice.   This insect spends the winter as tiny, fully developed caterpillars in distinctive egg masses that encircle twigs of wild cherry and related tree species. The eastern tent caterpillar is one of the first insects to become active in the spring...