University of Wisconsin – Madison Division of Extension Releases Blister Beetle Fact Sheet
(Madison) University of Wisconsin – Madison Division of Extension releases a blister beetle fact sheet, which can be found here: https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/horse/2020/02/05/blister-beetle-fact-sheet-is-now-available/
Some important points to keep in mind when think about blister beetles are:
- Poisoning by blister beetles is rare
- All hay can potentially contain blister beetles, but alfalfa hay has a greater risk
- Alfalfa blossoms can serve as a food source for adult blister beetles
- Blister beetles contain cantharidin, a burning agent or poison
- If equine and/or livestock animals display signs of toxicity, stop feeding your current hay source and contact your veterinarian immediately for diagnosis and treatment options
- Onset of toxicity symptoms can take a few hours to days
For information released by University of Wisconsin – Madison, Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, please visit the following link: https://www.wvdl.wisc.edu/index.php/educating-your-equine-clients-about-feed-quality/. Dr. Keith Poulsen, Director of Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, can be contacted at email@example.com or (608) 262 – 5422.
For more information, please contact your local Extension Educator; local veterinarian; forage testing facilities; PJ Liesch, Director of University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Insect Diagnostic Lab, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (608) 262 – 6510; or Dr. Darlene Konkle, Wisconsin State Veterinarian, at email@example.com or (608) 224 – 4884.
Equine and Blister Beetles Factsheet -PDF file