Helicoverpa armigera, Crete - photo © K. Bormpoudaki

Helicoverpa armigera, Crete - photo © K. Bormpoudaki

Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner, 1808)


Helicoverpa armigera is a moth of the family Noctuidae on the island of Crete, Greece.

Scientific name

Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner, 1808)

Noctua armigera (Hübner, 1808)

Noctua barbara (Fabricius, 1794)

Heliothis conferta (Walker, 1857)

Heliothis pulverosa (Walker, 1857)

Heliothis uniformis (Wallengren, 1860)

Heliothis fusca (Cockerell, 1889)

Helicoverpa commoni (Hardwick, 1965)

Heliothis rama (Bhattacherjee & Gupta, 1972)

Common name

Scarce Bordered Straw, Cotton Bollworm, Corn Earworm


Superfamily: Noctuoidea > Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Heliothinae > Genus: Helicoverpa


30-40 mm


Dry and warm areas.

Food Plant

The larva is polyphagous and feeds on a variety of plants i.e. Smilaceae (Smilax aspera), Caryophyllaceae (Dianthus), Resedaceae (Reseda), Solanaceae (Nicotiana glauca), Geraniaceae (Pelargonium), Rosaceae (Rosa), Amaranthaceae (Amaranthus), etc.

It is a major pest in cotton, tomato, rice, peas, beans, tobacco, potatoes, corn, etc, and one of the most polyphagous and cosmopolitan pest species.

Flight Period
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Lepiforum e. V.

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Lepidoptera Mundi

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