Damage symptoms :
Seedlings are cut through at or below ground level.
A search around such seedlings will reveal the larvae.
Moths have brown forewings and pearly hind-wings with a brown margin
Cream-colored eggs are laid singly on the plants or soil surface.
The large larvae, 45 mm long and are grey- black hide beneath the soil surface during day and feed on foliage during nights.
- Usually heavily parasitized and so control is seldom required.
- When damage is noticed it is too late to use insecticides economically.
In endemic areas, spraying of endosulfan, heptachlor, or aldrin.
Poisoned bran baits.
Adult Cutworm Cutworm larva Damage to seedling
Submitted by shelly on Thu, 08/01/2009 - 15:02