Cutworms




Variegated Cutworm
Adult
Black Cutworm
Adult
LarvaLarva

  Classification  

Order:   Lepidoptera

  Development  

Holometabola

  Ecological role  

Herbivore

Economic
  importance  

Cutworms attack many field crops and ornamental plants.   They sever young plant stems near the surface of the ground. Some climbing cutworms attack the leaves of older plants.
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Distinguishing
  characteristics  

Adults have mottled brown forewings and light gray hind wings.   Black cutworm larvae are "greasy" in appearance with a pale dorsal band and pairs of small black spots on each adominal segment.   Variegated cutworm larvae are mottled gray or brown with a row of pale yellow spots along the mid-dorsal line.




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Last Updated:   27 August 2003
John R. Meyer
Department of Entomology
NC State University