Heliothis (genus)

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Heliothis peltigera (Israel)
Author(s): Nir Ofir
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Heliothis Ochsenheimer, 1816

The genus is closely related to the genus Helicoverpa and both genera can be only separated by the structure of the adult genitalia. The caterpillars often attack buds (budworms), flowers and developing fruits.

Note: The important polyphagous pest Heliothis virescens has been renamed Chloridea virescens.

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