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Blister Beetles are affecting more than just alfalfa

 

Last updated 7/14/2021 at 7:34am



By Colleen Buck

Montana State University Hill County Extension Agent

Blister beetles have been found in hay fields in Hill County.

Generally, these beetles inhabit alfalfa fields, however this year that is not the case. They have been found in grass hay fields as well as alfalfa fields.

Blister beetles get their name because they cause blisters when the cantharidin fluid found in their bodies comes into contact with skin or is ingested. They mainly affect horses fed hay containing blister beetles, however, they can be toxic to other livestock as well.

When the insects are consumed in...



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