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Dealing with Cutworms

By Robynznest
July 7, 2013

Wrap newspaper pieces around the trunk of the plants when planting to help keep cutworms away.

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Name: Greene
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greene
Jul 9, 2013 9:38 AM CST
I found a site with cutworm photos:

http://www.blogsmonroe.com/nature/2009/02/one-for-the-cutwor...
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valleyrimgirl
Jul 13, 2013 5:58 AM CST
The idea is great. The photo is not so great as it is not a cutworm photo.

Icewolf
Jul 13, 2013 6:22 PM CST
It's actually the photo of a Hawk's moth in caterpillar form. I know, I've pulled so many off my pepper plants it's not funny.
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Frillylily
May 8, 2014 10:23 AM CST
are cutworms and horned caterpillars the same? I thought the tomato worms/ horned caterpillars are what turns into hummingbird moths? I love those moths, they are beautiful.
Name: Greene
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greene
May 8, 2014 1:22 PM CST
Cutworms are different than the horned tomato caterpillars.
The cutworms are smallish and kind of brown colored, live in the soil near the base of the plant, they come out and encircle the stem of a young tomato (or other plant) and chew in a circle and the plant keels over. The tomato hornworm caterpillars are big, fat, beautiful green buggers, they eat the leaves and even the green tomatoes.


Thumb of 2014-05-08/greene/66f7c1 Here is our 'best' tomato from 2013 which was eaten by the dreaded hornworm caterpillar.

Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
May 8, 2014 2:16 PM CST
they eat the tomatoes?!! I thought they ate the plant, like the leaves. had no idea. Well I probably had those before and blamed it on squirrels. I figured in the summer when it is so hot and dry that they eat tomatoes for the juice. silly me.
Name: Robin
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Robynznest
May 8, 2014 8:33 PM CST
Not only do they attack and eat tomatoes, they love to eat brugmansias.
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