Usually cutworms can be found by scratching around
in the top 1/2 inch of soil around the base of the plant that has damage. The
cutworm is probably within two feet of the stem of your hosta.
I believe cutworms are the caterpillar stage of
moths and there are many different kinds.
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Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2001 11:09 AM
Joyce, I'm wondering if my H. 'Cinnamon Sticks' that was leveled in
the last couple of days may have actually been attacked by cutworms instead of
rabbits. The first day, I found three leaves simply cut and lying on the
ground and I suspected rabbits as the culprit. The next day, whatever was
doing the damage nailed the final two leaves that remained. I'm
"going to" put down some bloodmeal to attempt to scare off the rabbits, but
how does one find this elusive cut worm? Is there any tell-tale evidence,
other than the leaf that is left behind as a sign of their dastardly deed?