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  • n  North American moth whose larvae feed on young plant stems cutting them off at the ground

  • The army cutworm (Euxoa auxiliaris) is a sluggish, fat, green thing striped with a nauseous yellow.
  • Last March, faced with what was seen as a potentially "devastating" cutworm assault, the Montana department of agriculture authorized the spraying of an estimated 120,000 acres .
  • After five years of development and 1,400 pages of data submitted to the EPA, the company is convinced that the doctored soil bacteria pose danger only to the cutworm.
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  • The Surprising Meal Grizzlies Gorge on Before Hibernation
    That’s right: The largest and most ferocious predator in North America eats fluttery little army cutworm moths (Euxoa auxiliaris). But nobody paid much attention until the mid-1980s, when a radio-collared grizzly bear wandered up to the steep rocky slopes and researchers started to wonder just what it was doing there.  A couple of amateur naturalists were at the time spending half of every year ...
    Nov. 16, 2013 - via Yahoo! News

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