Helicoverpa (genus)

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Helicoverpa armigera (on the hind wing, the pale spot inside the dark border is typical of H. armigera, in contrast to related species like H. punctigera)
Author: Donald Hobern
Source:Wikimedia Commons

Helicoverpa Hardwick, 1965

The genus is closely related to the genus Heliothis and both genera can be only separated by the structure of the adult genitalia. The caterpillars attack buds, flowers and developing fruits. The old world cotton bollworm (Helicoverpa armigera) and the American cotton bollworm (Helicoverpa zea) are the most important pests in this genus.

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: