Bronzed Cutworm

Nephelodes minians

Bronzed cutworm on the ground
Bronzed cutworm on the ground. Photo courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw. Licensed under CC BY 3.0.
Bronzed cutworms prefer to feed on grasses, but will also feed on other small seedlings. They are most commonly found in fields that were previously pasture or sod.
As their name suggests, bronzed cutworm larvae have a brown appearance similar to bronze, with there lighter sripes running the length of the body. They have a large tan head.
Bronzed cutworm
Bronzed cutworm. Photo courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw. Licensed under CC BY 3.0.
Bronzed cutworm moths are brown, with the middle part of the wing darker than the tips.
Bronzed cutworm moth
Bronzed cutworm moth. Photo courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw. Licensed under CC BY 3.0.
Similar to other cutworms, bronzed cutworms cut small seedlings off at the base, causing stand loss. They may also feed on leaves.
Seed-applied insecticides provide protection against bronzed cutworms. Always read and follow all label instructions.