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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Western bean cutworm found in New Jersey

-Joseph Ingerson-Mahar
We have been anticipating the arrival of this insect pest for a couple of years.  July 16, 2012, one specimen of this moth was found in a blacklight in Hammonton.  It will be sent to the USDA for official confirmation for a state record.
It is a pest of field corn, sweet corn, and popcorn, and dry beans.  However, with its range expansion it may begin feeding on other crops, as well.