Beet armyworm adults were caught in a pheromone trap in Salem County, June 4. This species is a generalist feeder attacking several vegetable crops tending towards broadleaf crops such tomatoes and peppers.
Beet armyworm like fall armyworm and cabbage looper are migratory insects that normally appear mid to late summer. Abnormally warm spring temperatures have allowed the migratory insects to move northward earlier than usual. Refer to the Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations for 2012 for recommended materials for control on specific crops.