Monday, June 23, 2014

Controlling Army Worms in Your Garden

by Donna L. Watkins

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Yellow-striped Armyworm Moth Caterpillar
(Spodoptera ornithogalli)
Montpelier Estate, Home of James & Dolly Madison
Attracting pollinators to your garden is a great idea until the adults lay their eggs in your garden.  About 10 days later you'll be dealing with caterpillar pests, such as the Armyworm.  They're appetites threaten to finish off your fruit and veggie garden before you can blink an eye.

The Yellowstriped Armyworm (Spodoptera ornithogalli), a moth caterpillar, feeds on a variety of crops including alfalfa, bean, beet, cabbage, clover, corn, cotton, cucumber, grape, grass, morning glory, onion, pea, peach, peanut, sweet potato, tobacco, tomato, turnip, wheat, and watermelon.

The insect usually overwinters as a pupa in the soil but may possibly overwinter as a partially grown caterpillar. Egg masses are deposited on foliage, trees, or buildings. There are three to five generations per year. Yellowstriped armyworms feed during the day.

Here's a helpful article on Armyworm control.

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