Seminole Crop E News

Agricultural News for Farmers and Agribusiness in SW Georgia

Redneck Peanut Worms getting worse

Posted by romeethredge on July 29, 2014

I’m seeing lots of these rednecked peanut worms. If your field looks stunted in growth it can be partly due to this caterpillar. You have to dig into the young leaf growth to see them.

Here’s a photo that  Brock Ward, Miller County Agent took when we were looking at some peanuts last week.20140724_113702

Moths lay their eggs one at a time, and larvae feed just in the growing tip or bud of the plant. As the small leaves unfold, the damage is seen, and the infested area takes on a ragged appearance. If damage occurs early in the season, plant stunting may result.

Worms are cream-colored with a dark brown head and a reddish colored band just behind the head. Full grown larvae are approximately 1/2 inch in length. Worms are active when disturbed.

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