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Farm managers urged to remain vigilant as eastern tent caterpillar hatch underway across Kentucky

By Holly Wiemers University of Kentucky Eastern tent caterpillars have begun to hatch, with the first instances being seen in Southern Kentucky this week and expected in Central Kentucky by early to mid-next week and Northern Kentucky a few days to a week after that, according to entomologists in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Jonathan Larson, UK extension...

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...

Eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch begins; horse farms urged to begin monitoring

An eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch was reported March 23 in Scott County.   According to Lee Townsend, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment extension entomologist, the tiny larvae will continue to emerge over the next two weeks from eggs laid last summer on flowering wild cherry, cherry, apple and related trees.   Consumption of large numbers of eastern tent...

Eastern tent caterpillars on the move;
experts urge caution with pregnant mares

The eastern tent caterpillar is an important insect in horse country due to its role in Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome, which resulted in staggering losses of foals in the 1999-2001 outbreak. (Photo by Matt Barton)   Eastern tent caterpillars in Central Kentucky are mature, have dispersed from trees and are on the move, leading experts to advise horse farm managers to move pregnant mares, if...

Eastern tent caterpillars on the move; experts urge caution with pregnant mares

The eastern tent caterpillar is an important insect in horse country due to its role in Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome, which resulted in staggering losses of foals in the 1999-2001 outbreak. (Photo by Matt Barton)   Eastern tent caterpillars in Central Kentucky are mature, have dispersed from trees and are on the move, leading experts to advise horse farm managers to move pregnant mares, if...

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...

UK experts say eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch likely to begin mid-March in Central Ky.

Experts report that the eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch will likely begin in mid-March for Central Kentucky.   The eastern tent caterpillar is active early each spring. It is an important insect in horse country due to its role in mare reproductive loss syndrome, which resulted in staggering losses of foals in the 1999-2001 outbreak. MRLS can cause late-term foal losses, early and late-term...