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Spinach > Whole plant > Plant cut at base

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  • Image: Apple Scab 1
  • Image: Apple Scab 2

Agrotis ipsilon, Peridroma saucia

  • Stem chewed within 1 inch of base of plant (occurs during spring)
  • Damage occurs during spring and summer
  • Can chew holes in leaves (spring and early summer)
  • Cutworms are grayish or brownish and up to 2 inches long; typically found during day hiding in soil
  • More information on Cutworms
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  • Image: Apple Maggot 1
  • Image: Apple Maggot 2


  • Entire plant may be eaten, leaving a "stub" at soil line
  • Entire leaf or multiple leaves may be missing

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