Cutworms and Dart Moths

Family: Noctuidae

Native Range: Worldwide, several varieties in Pennsylvania


Active: Adults and larva both overwinter in soil or leaf litter.

Color and Appearance: Grays and browns

Cutworms gain their name from the feeding habits of the caterpillars. The caterpillars come out at night and bite through the stem of young plants, cutting them down and eating some of what falls. Some species are considered to be major agricultural pests. The adults pupate into moths which become pollinators.

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