Description: Body pale gray or light brown mottled with dark brown, there are at least four yellow spots along their back with a large black followed by a large yellow spot on the last segment.
Range: Global, In North America, it occurs in Mexico, up to and across southern Canada.
Host Plants: Broad host range that includes corn, bean, alfalfa, small grains, sweet clover, potato, soybean, garden crops, but prefers broadleaf plants.
Life Cycle: Moths migrate or are wind-blown from southern states with two to three larval generations per year depending on weather.
Pest Status:: Frequent pest.
High Threat Situations: Weedy fields, with broadleaf weeds are attractive to females, early warm dry springs can also increase likelihood of outbreaks.
Type of Injury: Above-ground climbing cutworm, Larvae climb plants and feed on all plant parts.