Western Bean Cutworm Update: Past Peak Adult Flight

Western bean cutworm adult

The majority of counties in Ohio are now past Western bean cutworm (WBC) adult moth peak flight. Trapping efforts last week (August 5 – August 11) resulted in 195 WBC adults across the state (a decrease from 824) and a statewide average of 2.5 moths/trap (a decrease from 10.4 average) (Figure 1). Currently the only location with scouting levels is Lucas County.

Western Bean Cutworm Moth CountsFigure 1. Average Western bean cutworm adult per trap followed by total number of traps in the county in parentheses for week ending August 11, 2019.

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