Cutworms are dull brownish, smoothed-skinned caterpillars with various markings. They curl into a C-shape
when disturbed. Various species may damage apples or pears. They are commonly active at night.
Cutworms can climb into trees and destroy blossom clusters and new leaves. Foliage damaged in summer
has a holey, tattered or stripped appearance; damage is most severe in foliage around the trunk or where
the cover crop has grown into the tree.
Generally, problems occur only where tall weeds are growing
near tree trunks. Remove vegetation around the base of trees
and use mulch.