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

mary mushinsky marymushinsky at att.net
Mon Jun 20 23:39:51 EDT 2016

Aaron,I used to work for the US Forest Service on gypsy moth control. There is a virus that catches up with them when the population gets large enough. Then the caterpillars wilt and the population crashes.Mary Mushinsky, Wallingford

      From: Aaron Dollar via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
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 Sent: Sunday, June 19, 2016 9:59 PM
 Subject: [CT Birds] Slightly off-topic: mass gypsy moth caterpillars dead
Hi All -

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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