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Army Cutworm

Army Cutworm caterpillar is up to 40 mm long. It has a light brownish-gray head with pale brown spots. The body is pale grayish with white splotches and a brown-tinged top line. The lower portion of the body has darker, top-lateral stripes and an indistinct band of white splotches.

Army Cutworm

Army Cutworm

Habitat: Army Cutworms are Most of the caterpillars mentioned above feed on a variety of plants but have obvious preferences for grasses or small grains.

Life Cycle:Army Cutworms Moths emerge from the soil in late June. Moths fly to mountainous areas where they enter a period of inactivity during July and August, hiding under rubbish and soil lumps. From late August to late October, the moths become active and fly back to the plains to lay eggs in soft soil of freshly cultivated weedy fields or newly seeded winter wheat fields. Eggs are laid singly.

Army Cutworms female can lay 1,000 or more eggs. When moisture is adequate in September, eggs hatch in a few days to two weeks and larvae feed for as long as weather permits.Larvae remain in the soil during the day and come out at night to climb up on plants to feed on leaves. Larval development ceases when the soil freezes. Larvae are usually half grown at this time. Fall moisture is necessary for larvae to survive.

Army Cutworm Larva

Army Cutworm Larva

Damage: Army Cutworms are active from mid-March to October. They feed on leaves and crowns and may cut off plants near the soil surface. Larvae feed at night and hide in the thatch layer or in a burrow in the soil during the day. Turfgrass may be closely clipped around aeration holes, which larvae commonly occupy. Damage appears as circular spots of dead grass or depressed spots. Armyworms, especially, prefer damp areas.

Control: As plants become established watch out for early sign of cutworm activity, as indicated by cut plants. Individual valuable seedling can be protected with collars that will deter the night-foraging cutworms. All manner of materials may be used for this purpose, such as tops of plastic jugs, aluminum foil, and even cardboard pushed down into the soil around new plants.

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