Observations of tabanid feeding on mares and foals.
The occurrence of tabanid feeding between mares and foals was observed. When mares and foals were observed freely moving within a pasture situation, foals had 2.43% (4 flies in 77 observations vs 297 flies in 139 observations) of the tabanid feeding occurrences of the mares. This difference in tabanid burden varied due to herd size, herd location, and tabanid species. Lower tabanid burden of foals was indicated as a practical protective mechanism against pathogenic agents mechanically transmitted by tabanids, such as equine infectious anemia virus.
Publication Source (Journal or Book title)
American Journal of Veterinary Research
Foil, L., Stage, D., Adams, W., & Issel, C. (1985). Observations of tabanid feeding on mares and foals.. American Journal of Veterinary Research, 46 (5), 1111-1113. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/entomology_pubs/288