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Figure 1: Western bean cutworm caterpillar, showing the distinctive longitudinal lines in its collar (or pronotum) behind its head. (Image Credit: Eric Bohnenblust, Penn State)
Caterpillars in Corn: Earworm, Western Bean Cutworm or Corn Borer? - Articles Articles
The end of the summer is a good time to scout for caterpillar damage in corn. What is present will tell you if you have pests that need to be managed next year. More
Black cutworm. John Capinera, University of Florida, Bugwood.org
Black Cutworm Moths and Slugs are Becoming Active - Articles Articles
Small numbers of black cutworm moths are arriving in Pennsylvania, while slugs are hatching from their eggs. Watch wet fields for slug damage as crops emerge. More
Photo by Margaret Douglas/Penn State
Pay Attention to Seed Options When Replanting Following Slug Damage - Articles Articles
Some are replanting corn and/or soybean following heavy slug damage. Pay attention to genetic, insect-resistant traits and seed-applied treatments because all that is offered is not always necessary. More
'Abion' strawberries and 'Polka' (left) and 'Josephine' raspberries (right) at Penn State's High Tunnel facility.
Growing Raspberries and Strawberries in Containers - Articles Articles
Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) High and Low Tunnel Berry Project Update #1—information on growing strawberries and raspberries in containers. More
Figure 1. Lodged corn seen from a distance.
Corn rootworms Suspected of Resistance to Bt Corn Varieties Discovered - Articles Articles
Western corn rootworms that developed resistance to some Bt corn varieties may now be a problem in PA. More
Alfalfa Weevil
Alfalfa Weevil - Articles Articles

Alfalfa Weevil

John Tooker, Ph.D.

Alfalfa weevil is one of the two most-damaging insect pests of alfalfa in Pennsylvania (the other is potato leafhopper). It is an exotic species that likely evolved in Asia, but appears to have been introduced to the U.S. at least three times. More
Mourad Louadfel, Bugwood.org
Keep an Eye Out for Cereal Leaf Beetle - Articles Articles
Scout now for infestations of cereal leaf beetle in small grain fields. The larval stage feeds on the leaves and fields appear white if heavily infested. More
Assessing Soybean Fields for Insect Damage
Assessing Soybean Fields for Insect Damage - Articles Articles
This time of year (July) a suite of insect pest species are feeding upon soybean foliage. More