The trapping season for true armyworm (TAW) and black cutworm (BCW) has come to an end. We appreciate our cooperators for tirelessly checking traps the last two months and reporting their captures so we can provide the most accurate scouting information for these pests. To recap, we had 32 volunteers participate from 31 counties in Iowa. A total of 35 BCW and 34 TAW traps were placed and monitored during April and May. Because of these efforts, we were able to provide weekly updates of moth activity and predict cutting dates for BCW in Iowa.
Week 9 report:
Last week, our cooperators reported 39 TAW (Figure 1) and 57 BCW (Figure 2) moths statewide. Most of these reports occurred during the first half of last week, specifically on May 24. No additional significant flights of black cutworm occurred during Week 9.
Although more total moths in an area does not necessarily mean you can expect more damage to occur, knowing where moths were captured can give an idea of where to expect activity. Figures 3 and 4 show the total number of true armyworm and black cutworm moths reported, respectively, in each county from April 1 to June 1.
You may recall that we predicted cutting dates for BCW in early May and that updated cutting dates were included in the Week 8 update and on https://corn.ipmpipe.org/insects/black-cutworm/. Although no new significant flights occurred last week, continue to scout cornfields weekly until V5 to account for any prolonged arrival of BCW larvae into the area.
No such thresholds exist for TAW, so captures reported here should be used as a guide to begin scouting for TAW larvae in corn. Larvae defoliate leaves throughout the summer, sometimes leaving only stalks and midribs behind. Crops are typically damaged by larvae that move from field borders, grassy weeds in the field, or adjacent crops. The University of Minnesota has a good resource for armyworm identification, scouting, and management.
If you see larvae or evidence of feeding by either pest, please email email@example.com. This can help us refine our predictions in the future.
Past reports and other information:
Surrounding states also monitor and report BCW and TAW captures. If you live near the state border, it may be beneficial to check these resources periodically. More resources may be available than what is listed here: