Article examines the proliferation of browntail moth larvae whose toxic hairs cause an allergic reaction on human skin that is similar to that of poison ivy. UMaine entomologist Dr. Eleanor Groden has been studying the caterpillars, along with other researchers from the University and from the Maine Forest Service, trying to find ways to stop the outbreak. Maine is currently the only state plagued with these larvae. The author discusses previous outbreaks in the late 1890s and the early 1900s and explains the various methods that have been and are being used to control the spread, from manually removing nests and burning them to experiments with a naturally occurring fungal bloom.
Browntail moth -- Research -- Maine
Poppick, Laura, "Larva-Hate Relationship" (2020). Maine News Index - Down East Magazine. 5438.