Common Name(s): Garden Webworm
Pest LocationRow Crop
Adult: forewing orange, brown, or grayish-brown in varying shades; AM and PM lines diffuse, slightly darker than ground color of wing; PM line jagged and edged with color; orbicular and reniform spots usually present. Hindwing similar to forewing but lighter; median line present in costal half; at rest, holds wings together close to body. Forewing length 9-10 mm, Wingspan 17-23 mm
Larva: head yellowish-brown; body yellowish, pale green, or dark greenish with light stripe down back; three dark spots form a triangle on side of each abdominal segment. Larva to 24 mm
Origin and Distribution
Northeast and southern Canada, south to Florida and California
Habitat & Hosts
Fields, gardens; adults may be attracted to light. Larvae feed on leaves of alfalfa, beans, clover, corn, cotton, peas, strawberries, and many other low plants.
Two to four or more generations per year in the south; fewer in the north.
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