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First Report of Captures of Black Cutworm Moths

April 6, 2001
Ron Hines, senior research specialist at the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center in Pope County, has reported the first captures of black cutworm moths in Illinois for 2001. On April 3, Ron found five black cutworm adults in his pheromone trap in Pope County. On April 4, Ron captured another four moths in the same trap, for a total of nine moths captured over a 2-day period. As most of you know, the capture of nine or more moths per 1 or 2 days is considered an "intense" capture that triggers accumulation of degree-days for predicting the development of black cutworm. We will offer some predictions of black cutworm larval development in next week's issue of the Bulletin to get us prepared for potential infestations in cornfields in southern Illinois.--Kevin Steffey

Author: Kevin Steffey

The Pest Management and Crop Development Bulletin
Executive Editor: Kevin Steffey, Extension Entomologist

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