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Last Updated: 7th Feb 2023

Are cutworms caterpillars?

Cutworms are caterpillars but are often confused for harmful beetles like Japanese beetles.



Keep this in mind, where can cutworms be found?

Moth larvae called cutworms hide in soil or litter during the day and come out at night to feed on plants. The larvae usually attack the stem of the plant they encounter, which is often a seedling. They then cut it down, thus the name cutworm.

Second, when do cutworms emerge? The larvae molt six more times and get larger with each instar. Cutworms can be seen in crops between late May and late June. After cutworms have finished their development in June, they dig deeper into the soil to create a small nest. From August to September, adult moths emerge.

Know what cutworms look and feel like?

Cutworm caterpillars (larvae), are stout, soft, gray- or dull brown caterpillars that grow to 1-2 inches in length. They curl up when disturbed or at rest. Adults are night-flying, dark-colored moths that can be between 1 and 1/2 inches in wingspan. They have ragged blotches and stripes on their wings. They don't cause any damage to plants.

Are cutworms a biting pest?

Black cutworms can cause severe damage to plants. They feed on the soil's surface stems. They don't eat an entire plant, but only a few pieces from each plant before moving on to the next row. Transplants made of black plastic can be very dangerous for cutworms.