Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The larva of various moths of the family Noctuidae that feed on and destroy a wide variety of plants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the larva of any of many moths ,of the family Noctuidae, that is an agricultural pest

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A caterpillar which at night eats off young plants of cabbage, corn, etc., usually at the ground. Some kinds ascend fruit trees and eat off the flower buds. During the day, they conceal themselves in the earth. The common cutworms are the larvæ of various species of Agrotis and related genera of noctuid moths.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name given to a large number of lepidopterous larvæ belonging to the family Noctuidæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. North American moth whose larvae feed on young plant stems cutting them off at the ground

Etymologies

So called because many species eat through stems of plants.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Apache Point called them miller moths—later research revealed them to be the adult form of the black cutworm—and every spring in New Mexico, they migrate to high elevations.

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  • My apologies if you are an ant or cutworm aficionado.

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  • Which is where I came across this excellent olde saying:"One for the cutworm, one for the crow, one to rot, and one to grow."

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  • Well, no crows here but I think I'll plant in the seedling house to avoid cutworm and cross my fingers for the Balinese corn I'll be planting tomorrow.

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  • Today, when the girls and I went down for the morning check a cutworm had worked it's way down 2 of my 3 rows of sweetcorn.

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  • It's such a small thing, but I'm about to curl up like a cutworm over it.

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  • Now, if you've ever driven through our cutworm moth migrations, you know about this juicy splatter.

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  • That is where they hatch out and go through their cutworm larval stage.

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  • Sadao 444 (tea bag powder): the extracts prepared can control leaf miners, leaf rollers, leaf-chewing caterpillars, cutworm, diamond-back moth, beet army worm, borers, citrus caterpillars, aphids, thrips and red mites.

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  • For example, the common cutworm (Agrotis segetum), which occurs throughout dryland Asia, Africa, and Europe, cuts off seedlings of many crops at ground level and also feeds on roots, potatoes, carrots, and other crops.

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