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Black Cutworm Moths

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Black Cutworm Moths


Black Cutworm larvae are about a 1/4 inch long and grow to be about 2 inches long when full sized. Their color ranges from gray to nearly black. There is a pale rather indistinct narrow stripe along the center of the back. Black Cutworm brownish in color and their forewings have small but distinct black.


Black Cutworm Moths

Black Cutworm Moth

Life Cycle :Black Cutworm Moth female lays eggs singly on the tips of grass blades . One female can lay 300 to2,000 eggs over a series of several days. The eggs hatch in three to 10 days and the young caterpillars begin to feed on the grass shoots. As the caterpillars increase in size, they burrow into the turf and move to and from these holes at night to feed on the grass. Cutworms require 20 to 40 days of intense feeding to form pupae. After two weeks in the pupal stage, they emerge adult moths.


Damage : Black Cutworm is most serious in weedy, late-planted fields with poor drainage, especially during cool, wet springs. Eggs are laid singly or a few together on leaves or stems of weeds, crop residues, or bordering fields before the corn is planted. The young larvae feed on these plants until corn seedlings emerge. Small larvae feed at the surface and may chew on the edges of leaves, while older larvae feed entirely underground and tunnel into the plant. This cutworm tends to carry cut-off plant parts into its burrow which is likely to be in moist, firm soil. Burrows are three to four inches long.


Black Cutworm Moth

Black Cutworm Damage

Management: Black Cutworm Moth Adult populations can be monitored with both blacklight and sex pheromone traps. However, light traps are not consistently efficient. Light traps are most effective in the summer and autumn, but the late season generations generally pose little threat to crops. Pheromone traps are more effective during the spring flight, when larvae present the greatest threat to young plants. Trap color affects moth capture rate, with white and yellow traps capturing more than green traps. Persistent insecticides are commonly applied to plants and soil for black cutworm suppression, but surface rather than subsurface soil applications are desirable. Larvae readily accept insecticide-treated bran and other baits Application of systemic insecticides to seeds also provides some protection against larval injury.


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