Do you have Yellow or Brown Patches of Grass?
Native to the United States, the sod webworm is a pest to lawns. Lawn damage is seen as yellow to brown patches. Sod webworms are nocturnal, so you will not see them during the day. Lawns mowed more closely will show symptoms quickly. Damage is more severe during drought conditions because the infestation is not seen until after rainfall.
Sod webworms have a 4 cycle life stage (egg, larva, pupa and imago). Eggs have an elliptical shape. Larva color varies from green to beige, brown or gray with most larvae with dark spots that are seen over the whole body. Sod webworms get there name from the larvae. The larvae feeds on the sod. The larvae forms a cocoon which manifests itself into the pupa stage. The cocoon resembles a small lump of dirt. The adult moth hatches into the Imago stage. The moth is usually off white or grey with many species having silver, gold, yellow, brown or black patterns. There color makes them hard to see while resting on damaged sod.
The first sign of eggs can be seen in June. Larvae will appear in June and can last into August. Adult moths will appear from July into August. Under ideal conditions, a second infestation may occur with eggs being laid in early October.
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