Helicoverpa (Heliothis)armigera

Scientific Name Of The Pest : Helicoverpa (Heliothis)armigera

Common Name of the Pest :Cotton bollworm

Host crops :

Soybean, Tomato, Maize, Bengal gram, Red gram, Cotton, Chili, Green gram, Okra, Rose, Cow pea, Sunflower, Sorghum, Chrysanthemum, Groundnut

Pest Identification :

It is stoutly built, large brown or yellowish brown moth, about 20 mm long and dark specks that make V- shaped marks on the forewings and a conspicuous black spot in the centre. The hind wings are light and dull-coloured with black border. The larva measures 35-45 mm long and is greenish with dark broken grey lines along the sides of the body.

Damage To Crop :

The young larvae on hatching feed on foliage for some times and later bore into the reproductive parts of hosts (flowers and fruits) with their bodies hanging outside. Feeding damage results in holes bored into reproductive structures and feeding within the plant.