Cutworms (various species)
Cutworm refer to the caterpillars of several moth species, that are soil living and responsible for damage to seedlings. When disturbed, cutworms usually curl into a C- shape. Both the worms and the grey-brown moths are nocturnal and rarely seen because they spend most of their underground unless foraging.
Cutworms are present all year round and will feed on both foliage and roots or tubers. During feeding they sever the stems of young plants near the soil surface and sometimes drag the cut plant into a burrow. They cause severe damage to maize and vegetable seedlings.