army cutworm

noun
the larva of a noctuid moth, Chorizagrotis auxiliaris, that is a pest of wheat and alfalfa in the Plains states.
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On a talus slope below it the team sets up a trap for army cutworm moths, strong fliers with abdomens the size of jelly beans.
Moisture availability favoring vigorous plant growth was an important factor for plants to withstand army cutworm feeding.
The army cutworm is a surface feeder that does little burrowing.
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