Corn Earworm Late Moth Flight Quite Impressive

Corn earworm moth numbers have been relatively low this season until recently, as numbers have exploded in pheromone traps. These moths will lay their eggs on numerous crops, with late-market sweet corn being particularly vulnerable at this time. Tomato and pepper growers should also be aware of the potential for earworm (also called fruitworm) damage, especially if these crops are surrounded by cornfields that are drying down  and are no longer attractive for egg laying.

Hartstack trap for corn earworm in sweet corn field. (Photo by: Kira Albright)

 

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