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Dingy cutworm
Photo Credit: Dept. of entomology - Univ. of Minn.

Dingy cutworm
Fetltia ducens
Size: Up to 2 inches long

Where/When: Feeds particularly on corn, but it is also known to attack bean, cabbage, cucumber, celery, lettuce, pea, squash, and tomato. Active from May through August or September.

Significance: Plants, especially seedlings, are damaged and usually killed when they are cut at or slightly above or below the soil line. Most damage in gardens occurs during spring.
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