Eastern Tent Caterpillars – Silk Tents

Apr 15, 2016
Tent Caterpillar

The spring weather has finally moved in to Central Kentucky and that means prime growing conditions for Eastern Tent Caterpillars. Remember to be on the lookout for silk tents and monitor their proximity to your horses, especially pregnant mares. Once mature, these caterpillars can travel for hundreds of yards and will use fence lines as a guide. They are easy for horses to accidentally consume while grazing and ingestion of the caterpillars has been linked to Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome. Please visit our March post from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture below for more information about Eastern Tent Caterpillars.