cutworms

the bane of gardeners, cutworms (or cut-worms) are a generic term for several species of larvae of nocturnal moths. the larva live on and in the soil and feed on fruit, vegetable and ornamental plants, usually cutting the stems and permanently damaging the plant. when digging over our new allotment plot we found lots as we dug them to the surface.

and apparently a good way to get rid of them is to do exactly this, leaving them exposed to predators.

Cutworm or Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) larva curled up in grass

Cutworm or Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) larva on tomato plant

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