Pest Profile

European Corn Borer
Ostrinia nubilalis
  • European corn borer
  • European corn borer

Pest Description

European and southwestern corn borers have historically been serious corn pests in Kansas. Larvae feed in corn stalks and can cause significant yield losses. Bt corn hybrids that are resistant to corn borer feeding are currently the primary means of preventing damage by this pest. These genetically engineered, or transgenic, Bt corn hybrids contain genes that produce an insect-specific toxin that kills corn borers attempting to feed.

Source of information

J.P. Michaud (

Pest photo source

Phil Sloderbeck, KSU Entomology