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Helicoverpa (genus)

A bollworm at suppressed

Helicoverpa (genus) at suppressed - 20 Nov 2021
Helicoverpa (genus) at suppressed - 20 Nov 2021
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Identification history

Helicoverpa armigera 4 Dec 2021 Birdy
Helicoverpa (genus) 21 Nov 2021 ibaird
Helicoverpa (genus) 21 Nov 2021 donhe
Helicoverpa (genus) 21 Nov 2021 donhe
Unidentified 21 Nov 2021 Birdy

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Found flying in the high grass at night. 20 mm is the size.


Birdy wrote:
   21 Nov 2021
I think that this is Helicoverpa armigera since Lepidoptera House states that armigera lacks a dark band on the forewings, and I also noticed that punctigera has a different number of spots on the wings.
donhe wrote:
   4 Dec 2021
H. armigera and H. punctigera both have variable patterns and shading on the forewings,
so the differences between the species are less than the variability within each species.. The only useful diagnostic is the presence or absence of a pale mark in the hindwing terminal dark band, which is not visible in these photos.

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 20 Nov 2021 08:00 PM Recorded on
  • Birdy Recorded by

Additional information

  • 12mm to 25mm Animal size

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