cutworm

noun
cut·​worm | \ˈkət-ˌwərm \

Definition of cutworm 

: any of various smooth-bodied chiefly nocturnal noctuid moth caterpillars which often feed on young plant stems near ground level

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Pests monitored: Pheromone lures are available for diamondback moths and moths that produce armyworms, cabbage loopers, corn earworms, European corn borers, tomato pinworms, and cutworms. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Organic Pest Control Techniques For Your Garden," 18 Dec. 2017 Another possible pest, but far less visible, are winter cutworms (Noctua pronuba). OregonLive.com, "Is clumping bamboo really not invasive? If not slugs, 'what is eating my perennials?' Ask an expert," 5 May 2018 Winter cutworms are invasive insects that were first seen in Oregon during 2001, then identified shortly after. OregonLive.com, "Is clumping bamboo really not invasive? If not slugs, 'what is eating my perennials?' Ask an expert," 5 May 2018 These types of nematodes are effective against a variety of pest species including weevils, clearwing borers, cutworms, sod webworms, chinch bugs, and white grubs. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "What Are Nematodes? Are They Friendly Worms? Or Deadly Parasites?," 1 Mar. 2017 Syngenta invested over $100 million and 15 years in developing Viptera, which has a trait called MIR162 that protects against pests such as earworms, cutworms, armyworms and corn borers. Washington Post, "1st farmer lawsuit on deck against Syngenta over China trade," 5 June 2017 Syngenta invested over $100 million and 15 years in developing Viptera, which has a trait called MIR162 that protects against pests such as earworms, cutworms, armyworms and corn borers. Washington Post, "1st farmer lawsuit on deck against Syngenta over China trade," 5 June 2017 Syngenta invested over $100 million and 15 years in developing Viptera, which has a trait called MIR162 that protects against pests such as earworms, cutworms, armyworms and corn borers. Washington Post, "1st farmer lawsuit on deck against Syngenta over China trade," 5 June 2017 Syngenta invested over $100 million and 15 years in developing Viptera, which has a trait called MIR162 that protects against pests such as earworms, cutworms, armyworms and corn borers. Washington Post, "1st farmer lawsuit on deck against Syngenta over China trade," 5 June 2017

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1816, in the meaning defined above

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cutworm

noun
cut·​worm | \ˈkət-ˌwərm \

Kids Definition of cutworm

: a moth caterpillar that has a smooth body and feeds on the stems of plants at night

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