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By the U of A System Division of AgricultureAug. 23, 2015
(Newsrooms: with images of armyworms and damage at
www.flickr.com/photos/uacescomm/14379153658 , www.flickr.com/photos/uacescomm/7996881987 )
CONWAY, Ark. – Kami Marsh’s phone is ringing again and at this time of year, it’s
because fall armyworms are grazing down lawns and pastures.
“I’m hearing from homeowners who are seeing large groups of these worms and they’re
a little agitated,” said Marsh, a Faulkner County extension agent for the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “One day their grass is there. The next
day it’s gone.”
As their name implies, these caterpillars appear in large groups. It often seems as
if they appear overnight and in their wake, they leave bare ground where lawns and
pastures used to be.
Newly hatched fall armyworms are light green or cream-colored with a dark head and
measures about one-sixteenth of an inch long. As it grows, it becomes darker in color
and the head has a light colored “Y”-shaped mark down the front. In addition, the
next-to-last abdominal segment has four small dark dots. A fully grown fall army worm
is about 1.5 inches long.
Morning and evening are the best times to scout for fall armyworms, since those are
the times they are most active.
For more information on controlling armyworms in pastures, see Extension fact sheet
FSA 7083 “Managing Armyworms in Pastures and Hayfields” http://www.uaex.uada.edu/publications/PDF/FSA-7083.pdf.
Information about managing fall armyworms can also be found: http://www.uaex.uada.edu/counties/prairie/fall%20armyworm%20sheet%202015.pdf
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender
identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital
or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org