Issue No. 8, Article 5/May 14, 2004
Intense Captures of Black Cutworm Continue
Reports of intense flights and cutworm injury continue this week. Added to the growing list of counties are Bureau, Lee, and Jefferson, with intense captures on April 21, April 24, and May 9, respectively. See Table 3 for a complete list of intense moth flights and projected cutting dates. Larval feeding has been found in cornfields in the southern half of Illinois. Please continue to scout fields in your area, even if intense moth flights have not been reported in your county. Black cutworm moths have been identified in pheromone traps throughout the state. Please visit the Insect Monitoring Network for more information.
Believe it or not, the Hines report was relatively quiet this week. The network of traps in Jefferson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, and St. Clair counties caught few numbers of black cutworm, corn earworm, European corn borer, and true armyworm moths. The light trap in Champaign also caught very few armyworm moths. While moth captures are few this week, they are an indication of what's to come. The "insect season" will soon be in full swing. Please keep us updated of what's going on in your fields.--Kelly Cook