Sunday, May 9, 2010

Greasy Cutworm

Greasy cutworm
Photo courtesy Stikkibeek
Greasy Cutworm are the caterpillars of a moth Agrotis ipsilon. These caterpillars do damage to all sorts of plants found in your vegetable patch. Tomatoes, corn, beans, brassicas, and many other crops can be damaged. The caterpillar stage is usually found between December and April but there have been reports that they are still around now (May). Caterpillars are brown to grey when young and older larger larvae are dark grey with two yellow longitudinal stripes on top and light grey underneath.

Greasy cutworm damage
 Photo courtesy Stikkibeek
The caterpillars can be controlled on vegetables and other plants using Kiwicare NO Caterpillars which is Bacillus thuringiensis kurtsaki (Btk). The Btk is a completely safe naturally occurring soil bacterium that when ingested by caterpillars produces a toxin lethal to the caterpillars in their alkaline stomach.

With NO Caterpillars there is no withholding period and so your vegetables can be protected without compromising the harvesting.

A toddler was found chewing on a slug. After the initial surge of disgust the mother said, “Well, what does it taste like?” “Worms,” was the reply.

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