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Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Redbacked cutworm (Euxoa ochrogaster)
Spotted cutworm (Amathes c-nigrum)
Variegated cutworm (Peridroma saucia)

Pests as larva



  • Dark, drab moths
  • 1-2 inch wing span


  • Smooth-skinned, greasy gray-brown with darker longitudinal lines and spots
  • Up to 1 1/2-inches long
  • Curls into a "C" when disturbed

Host plants

  • Garden flowers, vegetables, berries and fruit


  • Surface cutworms: sever tender seedlings at soil surface
  • Climbing cutworms: defoliation that occurs at night with the worst damage in the spring


  • Eggs and larvae overwinter on garden trash and weedy grasses
  • Several generations per year

Control Options


  • Hand pick at night with a flashlight (hide during the day)
  • Larval habitat traps
  • Transplant collars and hot caps


  • Destroy overwintering sites via cultivation, composting and weeding


  • Conserve native predatory and parasitic insects


Contact Us

Integrated Pest Management

Mailing Address:
University of Idaho, Boise Center
322 E Front St, Suite 180
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-4046

Fax: 208-364-4035