Story: Insect pests of crops, pasture and forestry

Greasy cutworm

Greasy cutworm

These can be found throughout New Zealand. The adult moth is large (45-millimetre wingspan) and sooty-coloured, and flies at night laying eggs from about December to March. The larvae become caterpillars 50 millimetres long. They feed on the foliage of a wide variety of plants, including pasture species such as lucerne and clover, as well as maize, tomatoes, corn, beans and brassicas.

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Alison Popay, 'Insect pests of crops, pasture and forestry - Arable and cereal crop pests', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/17974/greasy-cutworm (accessed 24 June 2024)

Story by Alison Popay, published 24 Nov 2008