[CT Birds] Slightly off-topic: mass gypsy moth caterpillars dead

Arthur Shippee ashippee at snet.net
Sun Jun 19 22:10:40 EDT 2016


I would assume the late spring fungus that they are prone to, when the rain comes in right.

RWA wouldn't spray on their property draining into the system like that.

> On Jun 19, 2016, at 9:59 PM, Aaron Dollar via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
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> Hi All -
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> I had a wonderful father's day walk/hike through the Genessee patch of the CT Regional Water Authority property (anyone with young kids - there are miles of very secluded (stroller-friendly) dirt road trails leading from the southern entrance off of Race Hill Rd. in Madison). Throughout the whole property we came across hundreds of dead/dying gypsy moth caterpillars  - mostly sill clinging to tree trunks, but also littered across the ground. Did they fall from some sort of pesticide or something else? I can't imagine spraying/treating such a large area, so I am guessing something more natural? Anyone have a clue?
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