Cutworms are the larval stage of certain owlet moths that hide in the soil during the day and feed on plants at night. Although the eggs vary in color, they all have a spherical shape. The larvae have a smooth appearance with green, brown, grey or yellow colors and the pupae, most often, range from shiny brown to dark brown. The adults are medium sized brown or grey moths. Many species of owlet moths are considered an agricultural problem around the world. As general feeders, they attack a wide range of vegetables (asparagus, beans, cabbage, carrots, corn, lettuce, peas, peppers and tomatoes) and ornamentals.
Larvae often cut the stem of seedlings or young plants, providing its common name. Cutworms are problematic to young crops before the stem hardens. Some species climb trees to feed on leaves and young flowers, fruit or buds.
There are natural enemies of the cutworms.
For more information contact your local BioBee field agent.