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Rice Worms!

14 September 2009

The notorious rice worm is the larval stage of the noctuid moth. Its life cycle is coordinated with the rice growth and development. Adult moths emerge about the same time as flowering begins in wild rice, late June or early July. Eggs are deposited in wild rice flowers. Rice worms bore into stems of wild rice or migrate to plants that border the production area as their growth and development nears completion. They over-winter inside the stems. After a final molt and some additional feeding in the spring, the larvae usually pupate in early June, and develop into the adult moth, beginning the cycle anew. Adapted from http://www.hort.purdue.edu

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