Adult cutworms are a moth, and have dark wing colors (brown to gray) with markings, and about 1 1/2 inch long wing length. A mature cutworm larva is about 1.
The black cutworm, Agrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel), has a wide host range, feeding on nearly all vegetables and many important grains, particularly corn. Adult black.
Cutworms are moth larvae that hide under litter or soil during the day, coming out in the dark to feed on plants. A larva typically attacks the first part of the plant it.