Seminole Crop E News

Agricultural News for Farmers and Agribusiness in SW Georgia

Velvet Bean Caterpillar is Here

Posted by romeethredge on July 24, 2012

I’ve seen a few Velvetbean Caterpillars (VBC) in peanuts this week and I got a call from a consultant who saw some in soybeans today.  They seem to be here a little early this year so we need to be aware of it.  VBC’s have 4 sets of abdominal prolegs and a pair of anal prolegs that point out almost. They are easy to confuse with Green Cloverworms but they have just 3 sets of abdominal prolegs. They wriggle like crazy whem you touch them. Often their head is a little more orangy.

Some of the chemistry we use for other caterpillars doesn’t control them so check before spraying.  The late soybeans we are now planting need to be scouted carefully for this and other pests such as Beet Armyworms as soon as they emerge.  In the photo below there is a VBC and a Southern Armyworm found in peanuts.

VBC on left, armyworm on right.

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 109 other followers

%d bloggers like this: