Western Bean Cutworm: A Pest of Field and Sweet Corn

SKU A3856

Author(s) Eileen Cullen, Jigyasa Jyotika.

The Western bean cutworm, a native to North America common to the central high plains and western corn belt, was first detected in Wisconsin in 2005. A late-season pest of both field and sweet corn, western cutworm larvae feed on corn ears, damaging and consuming kernels. This fact sheet details the cutworm's appearance and life cycle, the damage it does to corn, and the ways in which it can be controlled (4 pages; 2016).


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