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Noctuid moth (Noctuidae & Erebidae)Helicoverpa punctigera   

Australian bollworm, Native budworm at Ainslie, ACT

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Helicoverpa punctigera at Ainslie, ACT - 19 Aug 2019
Helicoverpa punctigera at Ainslie, ACT - 19 Aug 2019
Helicoverpa punctigera at Ainslie, ACT - 19 Aug 2019

Identification history

Noctuid moth (Noctuidae & Erebidae) Helicoverpa sp. (genus) 20 Aug 2019 donhe
Noctuid moth (Noctuidae & Erebidae) Helicoverpa punctigera 20 Aug 2019 ibaird
Noctuid moth (Noctuidae & Erebidae) Helicoverpa punctigera 20 Aug 2019 jbromilow50

6 comments

   20 Aug 2019
See Morwell National Park 2-6-4
donhe wrote:
   20 Aug 2019
How were you able to distinguish this from H. armigera?
Both this and H. punctigera have variable forewing patterns and colours, with a greater intra-species variability than the differences in these between the species.
I was under the impression that the only diagnostic superficial difference was a possible pale patch in the dark margin of the hindwing, but the hindwings are not visible in these photos.
ibaird wrote:
   21 Aug 2019
I based my suggested identification on the similarity of the forewing pattern with the several other specimens identified as H. punctigera on CNM without hindwings visible. To my eye the black markings in H. punctigera are indistinct and smudgy looking, whereas for H. armigera they are far more sharp and distinct. If we were to apply the strict rule that we cannot identify to an Helicoperva species without seeing the hindwings then several or our previous identifications will need to be revised.
donhe wrote:
   22 Aug 2019
Bit hard to tell as I can only get BOLD to show one specimen of H. armigera,
and their H. punctigera specimens do not engender confidence with their green striped one (presumably an Earias species) included.
The Qld Dept Ag only offer ways of distinguishing the larvae of the 2 species, and mention only the hindwing pale patch for the adults, at
https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/farms-fishing-forestry/agriculture/crop-growing/pests-field-crops/helicoverpa
IPM are the same.
It beats me too.
   23 Aug 2019
Ian's comments on distinguishing the two species do apply in general. The problem arises from both species being variable, and the variation overlaps in the middle with H. punctigera also having some "more sharp and distinct" specimens. For those confusing ones, only the hindwing pattern distinction mentioned by Don can be used to separate them. I haven't gone now to recheck all our idents, but I think most of the H. punctigera are correct, and this is another one. Some Australothis rubrescens specimens without the pink tinge can also be confused with H. amigera and the "more sharp and distinct" H. punctigera.
   23 Aug 2019
See "HELIOTHINE MOTHS OF AUSTRALIA: A Guide to Pest Bollworms and Related Noctuid Groups by Marcus Matthews 1999. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Viet., Australia. 320pp (23 color pi.) (17 x 25 cm), plus CD-ROM. $90 cloth. ISBN: 0-643-06305-6. (Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera, No. 7)."

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Phrissogonus laticostata (Apple looper moth) at Ainslie, ACT - 15 Sep 2019
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Epyaxa subidaria (Subidaria Moth) at Ainslie, ACT - 15 Sep 2019
Deinopidae sp.(family) (TBC) at Ainslie, ACT - 15 Sep 2019
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Unidentified Concealer moth (Oecophoridae) (TBC) at Ainslie, ACT - 6 Sep 2019
Agrotis munda (Brown Cutworm) at Ainslie, ACT - 20 Aug 2019
Ectropis excursaria (Common Bark Moth) at Ainslie, ACT - 20 Aug 2019
Agrotis munda (Brown Cutworm) at Ainslie, ACT - 18 Aug 2019
Neosparassus sp. cnm1 (genus) (TBC) at Ainslie, ACT - 16 Aug 2019
Calliphora vicina (European bluebottle) at Ainslie, ACT - 15 Jun 2019
Alisterus scapularis (Australian King-Parrot) at Ainslie, ACT - 10 Jun 2019
Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris (Eastern Spinebill) at Ainslie, ACT - 9 Jun 2019
Chlenias nodosus (A geometer moth) at Ainslie, ACT - 5 Jun 2019
Sceliodes cordalis (Eggfruit Caterpillar, Poroporo Fruit Borer) at Ainslie, ACT - 13 Apr 2019
Proteuxoa tortisigna (Streaked Rictonis Moth) at Ainslie, ACT - 9 Apr 2019
Scopula optivata (Varied Wave) at Ainslie, ACT - 9 Apr 2019
Proteuxoa bistrigula (An Owlet Moth) at Ainslie, ACT - 9 Apr 2019
Nemoraea sp. (genus) (TBC) at Ainslie, ACT - 9 Apr 2019
Platybrachys sp. (genus) (A gum hopper) at Ainslie, ACT - 9 Apr 2019
Dasygaster padockina (Tasmanian cutworm) at Ainslie, ACT - 5 Apr 2019
Mormoscopa phricozona (A Herminiid Moth) at Ainslie, ACT - 3 Apr 2019
Inopus rubriceps (Sugarcane Soldier Fly) at Ainslie, ACT - 3 Apr 2019
Syllitus sp. (genus) (Syllitus longhorn beetle) at Ainslie, ACT - 17 Mar 2019
Ocybadistes walkeri (Greenish Grass-dart) at Ainslie, ACT - 17 Mar 2019
Elhamma australasiae (Elhamma) at Ainslie, ACT - 14 Mar 2019
Elhamma australasiae (Elhamma) at Ainslie, ACT - 12 Mar 2019
Sceliodes cordalis (Eggfruit Caterpillar, Poroporo Fruit Borer) at Ainslie, ACT - 10 Mar 2019
Halone coryphoea (Eastern Halone) at Ainslie, ACT - 10 Mar 2019
Proteuxoa capularis (A Noctuid moth) at Ainslie, ACT - 7 Mar 2019
Proteuxoa capularis (A Noctuid moth) at Ainslie, ACT - 7 Mar 2019
Pseudomantis albofimbriata (False garden mantis) at Ainslie, ACT - 4 Mar 2019
Glenoleon sp. (genus) (TBC) at Ainslie, ACT - 12 Feb 2019
Trigonodera sp. (genus) (A wedge-shaped beetle) at Ainslie, ACT - 2 Feb 2019
Phalaenoides glycinae (Grapevine Moth) at Ainslie, ACT - 2 Feb 2019
Ocybadistes walkeri (Greenish Grass-dart) at Ainslie, ACT - 2 Feb 2019
Cerdistus sp. (genus) (Robber fly) at Ainslie, ACT - 2 Feb 2019
Phacodes personatus (Longhorn beetle) at Ainslie, ACT - 30 Jan 2019
Epicoma contristis (Yellow-spotted Epicoma Moth) at Ainslie, ACT - 28 Jan 2019
Pseudomantis albofimbriata (False garden mantis) at Ainslie, ACT - 27 Jan 2019
Sceliodes cordalis (Eggfruit Caterpillar, Poroporo Fruit Borer) at Ainslie, ACT - 27 Jan 2019
Austrolestes analis (Slender Ringtail) at Ainslie, ACT - 25 Jan 2019
Olbonoma triptycha (Concealer moth) at Ainslie, ACT - 24 Jan 2019
Nezara viridula (Green vegetable bug) at Ainslie, ACT - 24 Jan 2019
Caedicia simplex (Common Garden Katydid) at Ainslie, ACT - 24 Jan 2019
Neosparassus calligaster (Beautiful Badge Huntsman) at Ainslie, ACT - 24 Jan 2019
Neosparassus calligaster (Beautiful Badge Huntsman) at Ainslie, ACT - 24 Jan 2019
Deinopis subrufa (Rufous net casting spider) at Ainslie, ACT - 24 Jan 2019
Amorbus sp. (genus) (Tip bug) at Ainslie, ACT - 22 Jan 2019
Neosparassus calligaster (Beautiful Badge Huntsman) at Ainslie, ACT - 22 Jan 2019
Amorbus sp. (genus) (Tip bug) at Ainslie, ACT - 22 Jan 2019
Amorbus sp. (genus) (Tip bug) at Ainslie, ACT - 22 Jan 2019
Amorbus sp. (genus) (Tip bug) at Ainslie, ACT - 22 Jan 2019
Dasybasis circumdata (March Fly) at Ainslie, ACT - 22 Jan 2019
Phaulacridium vittatum (Wingless Grasshopper) at Ainslie, ACT - 22 Jan 2019
Poecilometis sp. (genus) (A Poecilometis shield bug) at Ainslie, ACT - 22 Jan 2019
Alleculinae sp. (subfamily) (Unidentified alleculine darkling beetle) at Ainslie, ACT - 21 Jan 2019
Anzora unicolor (Grey Planthopper) at Ainslie, ACT - 21 Jan 2019
Xanthogaleruca luteola (Elm leaf beetle) at Ainslie, ACT - 18 Jan 2019
Panesthia australis (Common wood cockroach) at Ainslie, ACT - 18 Jan 2019
Badumna insignis (Black House Spider) at Ainslie, ACT - 18 Jan 2019
Alleculinae sp. (subfamily) (Unidentified alleculine darkling beetle) at Ainslie, ACT - 17 Jan 2019
Austracantha minax (Christmas Spider, Jewel Spider) at Ainslie, ACT - 17 Jan 2019
Homotrysis sp. (genus) (Darkling beetle) at Ainslie, ACT - 16 Jan 2019
Galanga labeculata (Double-spotted cicada) at Ainslie, ACT - 14 Jan 2019
Antitrogus morbillosus (TBC) at Ainslie, ACT - 14 Jan 2019
Cyclocephala signaticollis (Argentinian scarab) at Ainslie, ACT - 12 Jan 2019
Therevidae sp. (family) (Unidentified stiletto fly) at Ainslie, ACT - 30 Nov 2018
Platyptilia emissalis (Plume moth) at Ainslie, ACT - 29 Nov 2018
Phrissogonus laticostata (Apple looper moth) at Ainslie, ACT - 29 Nov 2018
Illeis galbula (Fungus-eating Ladybird) at Ainslie, ACT - 28 Nov 2018
Phlogistus sp. (genus) (A clerid beetle) at Ainslie, ACT - 26 Nov 2018
Vanessa kershawi (Australian Painted Lady) at Ainslie, ACT - 25 Nov 2018
Porrostoma sp. (genus) (Lycid beetle, Net-winged beetle) at Ainslie, ACT - 25 Nov 2018
Stenolemus sp. (genus) (Thread-legged assassin bug) at Ainslie, ACT - 24 Nov 2018
Norfolius howensis (Diamond-banded Lacewing) at Ainslie, ACT - 20 Nov 2018
Aeolochroma metarhodata (Tea-tree Emerald) at Ainslie, ACT - 18 Nov 2018
Plutella xylostella (Diamondback Moth) at Ainslie, ACT - 17 Nov 2018
Agrotis infusa (Bogong Moth, Common Cutworm) at Ainslie, ACT - 17 Nov 2018
Cebysa leucotelus (Australian Bagmoth) at Ainslie, ACT - 17 Nov 2018
Halone coryphoea (Eastern Halone) at Ainslie, ACT - 16 Nov 2018
Badumna insignis (Black House Spider) at Ainslie, ACT - 16 Nov 2018
Nacoleia rhoeoalis (A Pyralid Moth) at Ainslie, ACT - 16 Nov 2018
Aphodius fimentarius (Fimentarius dung beetle) at Ainslie, ACT - 16 Nov 2018
Cerdistus sp. (genus) (Robber fly) at Ainslie, ACT - 16 Nov 2018
Onthophagus declivis (Declivis dung beetle) at Ainslie, ACT - 14 Nov 2018
Maechidius sp. (genus) (Unidentified Maechidius scarab beetle) at Ainslie, ACT - 14 Nov 2018
Ellipsidion australe (Austral Ellipsidion cockroach) at Ainslie, ACT - 14 Nov 2018
Orthorhinus klugii (Vine weevil) at Ainslie, ACT - 14 Nov 2018
Cyclosa fuliginata (species-group) (An orb weaving spider) at Ainslie, ACT - 13 Nov 2018
Melanerythrus mactans (A seed bug) at Ainslie, ACT - 9 Nov 2018
Crossophora semiota (A Concealer moth) at Ainslie, ACT - 7 Nov 2018
Bibio imitator (Garden maggot) at Ainslie, ACT - 7 Nov 2018
Dithalama cosmospila (Grey Spotted Wave) at Ainslie, ACT - 5 Nov 2018
Psilosticha absorpta (Fine-waved Bark Moth) at Ainslie, ACT - 5 Nov 2018
Mythimna convecta (Common Armyworm) at Ainslie, ACT - 4 Nov 2018

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