Black Cutworm Moth Trapping is Over, Now It’s “Worm” Time

Every spring, dozens of cooperators throughout the state put forth considerable effort in trapping for the arrival and intensity of black cutworm moths. I’m personally indebted to these faithful bug counters, hoping you also appreciate their efforts as reported in the “Black Cutworm Adult Pheromone Trap Report.” If you recognize a name or two on this list of reporters, by county, please thank them!

This year’s average trap catches, compared to the previous four, looks mediocre. However, within these averages are many intensive moth captures over the six weeks of monitoring, many reporting the most they had ever captured. Presumably, this tells us that the moths were well distributed throughout the state during their arrival. This is one piece of important information, as we now track larval development, and follow-up with scouting in high-risk fields…which are plentiful this season!


Black cutworm trap comparisons 2015-2019


Black cutworm larva feeding on pigweed, no corn available!

Black cutworm larva feeding on pigweed, no corn available!


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