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Tobacco Budworm - Helicoverpa armigera

Family Noctuidae

This page contains pictures and information about Tobacco Budworms and Moths that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia. They are also known as Corn Ear Worm, Tomato Grub, or Cotton Bollworm.
Wingspan 40mm
Both the caterpillars and moths of this species look very similar to the Native Budworm
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Caterpillar grows up to 40mm 
The caterpillar is pale green in colour when young. It becomes brown with thin lines and black dots along the body when grows up. They feed on different kinds of garden flowers and food crops, as their many common names implies. They are considered as pest worldwide. 
The moth is pale brown with brown line patterns. There is the brown spot at the centre of each forewing.  

On the vegetable (Beans) we brought, we found a small green caterpillar. We feed it with vegetables and a week later it turn into a pupa. 
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Two weeks late it turn into the moth, as shown in the above pictures.   

1. Helicoverpa armigera Caterpillars of Australian, by Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley, 2007.
2. Moths of Australia - I. F. B. Common, Melbourne University Press, 1990, Fig 50.8.


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