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Dingy cutworm moth


  • Adult: Dark-brown moth with bean-shaped markings on the forewings.
  • Larvae: Dull brown with a broad gray stripe running down the back that is subdivided into triangular areas. They also have round, coarse skin granules, and grow to about 1" long.
  • Eggs: Laid in flower heads of plants in or near fields of host plants. 

Timing of damage: VE to V5

Type of damage: Mostly leaf feeding. Rarely, it cuts plants off at or below the surface.

Scouting: Note the type of damage, then dig through the soil surrounding damaged plants to look for larvae.

Economic threshold: Usually not an economic threat. Treat if 5% of the field is damaged and 
growing conditions are poor.

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