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Cooperators for Spring Moth Trapping

Kelly Estes

Department of Crop Sciences
University of Illinois

March 20, 2023
Recommended citation format: Estes, K. "Cooperators for Spring Moth Trapping." Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois, March 20, 2023. Permalink

As in past years, our Moth Trapping Network is set to begin April 1 with our spring migratory insects. We are currently looking for cooperators to monitor both black cutworm and true armyworm traps from April 1 – May 31.

Requirements for trapping:

  • Set up traps provided.
  • Check traps regularly. Ideally, we’d like traps to be checked every other day to help accurately identify significant moth flights, but checking on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week is acceptable.
  • Identify moths caught in the traps. We will provide an identification guide to help.
  • Report moth captures directly to the website or email counts for us to upload.
  • If you are a previous cooperator, just let us know if you’d like to participate again. If you are trapping in the same location, your sites are already established on the website.

Participating in the trapping program helps us time the arrival of these spring insects and predict when injury may occur.

For more information or to sign up for trapping, please email Kelly Estes (

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