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Host plants of western bean cutworm

Host plants of western bean cutworm

Environmental Entomology, 112: 421-425

The western bean cutworm, L. albicosta (Smith) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), is native to the western USA. It was first recognized as a pest of beans, Phaseolus vulgaris L. and corn, Zea mays L., in Colorado and Idaho, and later, farther northward and eastward. Larvae were found feeding on fruits of nightshade, ground cherry and tomato, and may have been the original hosts. By feeding larvae on these plants and close relatives of beans and corn, beans and corn were found to be the most suitable hosts and some close relatives of beans were suitable hosts. Ground cherry, black nightshade, tomato, soybeans and teosinte were not suitable hosts. Corn and beans are probably the original hosts, since they are native to the area.

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DOI: 10.1093/ee/11.2.421

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