(Lepidoptera : Noctuidae)
Facts: The cutworms are a group of Noctuidae that share the habit of hiding in the soil and usually feed on plants near the soil. A few of the species also climb plants to feed. The adults are typically drab moths (like the black cutworm shown here) usually colored from nearly black to gray or brown. The larvae are typically grey, brown, or green with short hairs and few markings. Often the damage is seen much easier than the caterpillars.