Danger in the cornfield – the corn borer
The corn borer is a small butterfly that ranks among the most considerable pests in the cornfield. Each year it is responsible for over 4% failed harvest worldwide.
The female corn borer lays up to 500 eggs at the leaf undersurface of the cornplant. After 14 days the caterpillars hatch and feed on the cornplant. Blossoms, infructescences and the marrow of the stems fall an easy prey to the catarpillars. The infested plants are more prone to diseases and fungal infestations.