Host: burley tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum (burley type)
Description: The stalk borer is recognized by prominent longitudinal white stripes at the head and posterior ends of the body. The stripes are interrupted by a distinct dark purple "saddle" approximately 1/3 of the distance back from the head. Full- grown larvae are about 1 to 1 1/2 inches long. Stalk borers may be found feeding on foliage or boring into the stalk of tobacco plants, usually during late June to early July. Infestations are more likely to occur along weedy field margins.
Image type: Field
Image location: United States
Specimen in collection: No
Name: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Slide Set
Organization: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
Country: United States