Oriental Tobacco Budworm
(one synonym : Heliothis succinea Moore, 1881)
HELIOTHINAE , NOCTUIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art
The Caterpillars of this species are sometimes a pest, attacking various plants in the family SOLANACEAE, including :
The adult moths have a complex subtle brown pattern on the forewings. The hindwings are yellowish orange, with a broad brown margin containing a pale mark. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The pheromones of this species have been studied. The species can interbreed with Helicoverpa armigera to produce viable offspring.
Attempts to control the pest include:
The species occurs from Africa to the south Pacific, including :
as well as in Australia in:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pp. Fig. 50.10, 65, 468-469.
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 6 (1852), pp. 178-179, No. 928.
Heliothine Moths of Australia:
A Guide to Pest Bollworms and Related Noctuid Groups,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1999.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 161.
(updated 8 August 2012)