Corn Earworm Moth
Helicoverpa zea
Noctuidae
Hodges 11068


Photo courtesy Pete Williams, Gulf Breeze, Florida
August 4, 2007
Copyright (C) 2007 Pete Williams

The caterpillar feeds on a variety of plants, and is a major pest of corn, cotton, tomato, and tobacco. This is the caterpillar that feeds on the outer end of the ear beneath the husk. It is also known to be cannibalistic.

Identification (Covell): The forewing is yellowish tan with variable reddish brown. olive green, or gray markings and shadings (heaviest between post-median and sub-terminal lines). The reniform spot is usually filled with dark gray. The hindwing is whitish with dark gray veins and border, which surrounds a whitish patch at midpoint of the outer margin

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