Pest Profile

European Corn borer
Ostrinia nubilalis
  • European corn borer in stalk
  • European corn borer caterpillars

Pest Description

European corn borer larvae make extensive tunnels, which weaken the stalk. Insect damaged tissue is more susceptible to invasion by stalk rotting fungi, which can cause the plants to lodge.

Source of information

Sorghum Production Problems

Pest photo source

Phil Sloderbeck, KSU Entomology