Sweet corn > Ear > Chewing damage on kernels
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- Larvae feed on the kernels, especially at the tip of the ears
- Corn is vulnerable to CEW larval feeding from row-tassel to 100% silk
- Fully grown larvae are about 2 inches long and develop a wide range of colors from pale green to pink to almost black
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European Corn Borer
- Kernels partly or completely chewed; brown droppings (excrement) is usually present
- Stalks can fall over ("lodge")
- Small holes should be evident on stalks, sometimes with brown frass coming out of the holes
- Leaves have small holes, or "shot-holes"
- Larvae are light brown or pinkish gray in color with round dark spots on each body segment. Mature larvae are about 1 inch long
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Carpophilus lugubris and Glischrochilus quadrisignatus
- Individual kernels are chewed, and some kernels appear hollowed out
- Adult beetles are small (1/8 - 1/4 inch long), oval, and black or brownish, sometimes colored with orange or yellow
- Small yellowish or pinkish-white grubs may be found in ear tips along with adults
- Can be found from silk to ear maturity
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