lala01
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Do pickleworms attack corn?

So I'm having a big problem right now with pickleworms destroying my squash and zucchini. But now, they also seem to be destroying my corn. I thought pickleworms were only a problem for squash, cucumber and cantaloupe? I haven't found anything online to suggest they also invade corn. I thought corn earworms were the problem to worry about with corn. Yet this seems to fit the description of a pickleworm based on all photos I've found online. What do you all think?
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Re: Do pickleworms attack corn?

That is a corn earworm. It is the same as a tomato worm and they do attack other crops like peppers and cucurbits as well.
https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/ ... rworm.aspx
https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/veg ... arworm.htm


Pickleworm is from a different moth and the larva look different.
https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/veg/pickleworm.htm

Maybe what is attacking your zucchini are corn earworms instead. Bagging fruit helps. You need to do it early very soon after it is pollinated. If any fruit has already been infested, it needs to be removed. Bt might also help.
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lala01
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Re: Do pickleworms attack corn?

Thanks very much

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