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3.1.08 sr: notes ana: match the host plants list with the respective datasheets; although cutworms have many host plants, they are no major pests of all of them, therefore they have not been included in all datasheets of the above mentioned crops; s. by monitoring and decision making: pheromone traps are not available locally. economic threshold for which crop? where? under which conditions?;

A.M. Varela, icipe
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Cutworms (Agrotis segetum)

Minor Pest Description: 

Caterpillars of the common cutworm occasionally attack seedlings by feeding on the roots and cutting off the stems.

Minor Pest What to do.: 
  • Eliminate weeds early, well before transplanting.
  • Plough and harrow the field to expose cutworms to natural enemies and desiccation.
  • Dig near damaged seedlings and destroy cutworms.
  • Conserve natural enemies. Parasitic wasps and ants are important in natural control of cutworms.
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Common names; The common cutworm, turnip moth ([i]Agrotis segetum[/i]); the greasy cutworm, black cutworm, tobacco cutworm ([i]Agrotis ipsilon[/i])
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