Posted: 25/04/2014 at 22:57
Reason I said cutworms, is because this is the time for them to show up. There are insect sprays etc. Thankfully, you have come across them in a small way. Other less fortunates can have vast areas infested by them. No. You probably won't find anything on the plants themselves. What you are likely to find, if these little beggars are allowed to live etc. These are basically soil borne grubs. The will ravish themselves on the tender roots of plants. The 'Cutworms' are the offspring of a variety of moths. Their territory is worldwide. Sometimes they can be mistaken for Leatherjackets, the soil dwelling grubs of the Cranefly or daddy long legs. However. The leatherjacket will show up when veggie gardener's spuds start to swell. They are the biggest ground living pest for the spud grower.
When compost is being made. This include the common garden compost bin etc. All manner of creepy crawlies find their way into the mire. That is why so many gardeners are shocked when turning over the heap. Althogh heat generates within the compost. It isn't enough to destroy unwanted guests and seeds. That is why, compost making firms and large institusions such a Kew, daily turn and saturate the compost heap. The heat become so intense. So much so. Were you to stand in it. Within seconds, you would have been boiled alive. For the likes of us. We pop down to the garden centre and purchas the odd bag of compost. For many st-ups that are producing plug plants and the like. They are probably attempting to keep costs down by making their own compost. Sadly, time, expertise is not on their side.Hence the compost still is home for many aliens. You might like to Google Cutworms. I took a peek at it after my first post. I think it confirmed my post. However. I could be wrong. I did check the RHS book by Andrew Halstead. Chief entomologist at Wisley. I do hope that this information helps.