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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
Is this a Minor Pest?
Minor Pest Title

Cutworms (Agrotis spp)

Minor Pest Description

Cutworms are caterpillars of some moths. The caterpillars live in the soil and eat into tubers boring a wide shallow hole. They are also serious pests of newly sprouted potato plants, and can leave empty patches in a potato field.


Minor Pest What to do.
  • Protect plants by wrapping them with collars. A simple collar can be made from cardboard tubes from paper towels or toilet paper (cut to size). This practice is time consuming, but it is effective and practicable in small fields.
  • If necessary spray neem extracts. Neem leaf extracts and neem seed extracts (1 kg/40 l water) have been effective against cutworms attacking potatoes reducing damage significantly in Sudan.
Minor Pest Position
Minor Pest Firstcontent
Pest Type
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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