|Cutworm damage on potato plant.|
Shannon hunted unsuccessfully for the cutworm in the mulch surrounding the plant for about 15 minutes before giving up and going on to another task on the long list of things to do.
Later, after coming in at dark and researching cutworms online, Timothy headed back outside in the dark, armed with a flashlight. He returned victorious with the offender on the end of a stick.
Cutworms hide during the day and come out at night to feed. The link below has some helpful information on cutworms. http://www1.extension.umn.edu/garden/insects/find/cutworms-in-home-gardens/