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Saturday, September 04, 2021

Fall armyworms are marching across the U.S., turning lush green lawns into dull brown as the invasion spreads from Virginia across the northeastern states and beyond.



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...It's the largest infestation entomologist Thomas Kuhar has seen in 30 years, and perhaps the most unique. These pests are often found in crops such as corn, rice and sorghum, though the Virginia Tech professor said this year's outbreak is selectively targeting lawns and some hayfields while bypassing crops armyworms typically also devour.

"That's not a normal fall armyworm behavior," he said in a phone interview. "They should just be devouring things in their path."

By the time a lawn turns brown, the worm-like larvae have already been camped out there for three weeks to a month. They eventually become moths -- a single female can lay as many as 1,500 eggs. While they typically aren't much of a problem in a state as far north as Virginia, Kuhar said the moths probably traveled up from the southern U.S. on storm front winds....

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-09-03 05:04 PM | Reply

hmmm. Maybe they should get California turf and save the state some much needed water. This could be a blessing in disguise.

In related new the Navy worm is infesting swimming pools across the country.

#2 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-04 01:50 PM | Reply

"The invaders also contributed to a 4% decline in China's corn harvest, sending prices for the grain soaring"

Good news for China's corn farmers!

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-04 01:57 PM | Reply

These guys did a job on some neighbors' lawns. I nuked my lawn in time. In Okiehomie folks are wary of pestilence ...

#4 | Posted by catdog at 2021-09-04 08:23 PM | Reply

Oh no catdog, I hope that doesn't mean you treated your lawn against the worms!?!?
The green thumbs will hunt you down and teach you about the joys of eating the worms.

#5 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2021-09-05 08:48 AM | Reply

Humans may be on a pathway to extinction but insects will inherit the Earth.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2021-09-05 11:10 AM | Reply

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