European Corn Borer

Source: H. Willson and B. Eisley, OSU- Extension Entomology.

Source: H. Willson and B. Eisley, OSU- Extension Entomology.


Ear feeding by European corn borer (ECB) larvae is not limited to any one area. Kernel chewing injury can be found at both ends and along all sides of the ear. Larvae feeding inside the shank may result in ear drop.



European corn borer (Ostrina nubilus).



Treatment may be warranted if 50% or more of the plants have eggs or early larva. Fields having severe 2nd brood ECB infestations should be harvested early to minimize stalk lodging and ear drop. If significant ECB infestations are detected prior to stalk boring, chemical treatment may be applied. For a list of labeled insecticides, see Planting of ECB resistant transgenic Bt-Corn is considered the most effective preventive option. Avoid very early and late planting dates if not planting ECB resistant transgenic Bt-Corn.



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