Helicoverpa hardwicki (Guenée, 1852)
Oriental Tobacco Budworm
(one synonym : Heliothis succinea Moore, 1881)
HELIOTHINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


Photo: courtesy of Marcus Matthews,
Heliothine Moths of Australia: A Guide to Pest Bollworms and Related Noctuid Groups

These Caterpillars are variable in colour, ranging from green through brown an purple to pink, with six fine pale lines along the back, interrupted by coloured patches containing pairs of black verrucae on each side of each segment.

The caterpillars have been found feeding on various plants in FABACEAE, including

  • Kimberly Rattlepod (Crotalaria crispata), and
  • Jumpy Bean (Rhynchosia minima).


    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    The adult moths have reddish-brown forewings each with a dark mark near the middle. The hindwings are each yellow with a broad brown margin. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

    The species occurs in:

  • Western Australia, and
  • Northern Territory.

    This species hydridises, producing viable eggs, with Helicoverpa armigera.


    Further reading :

    Marcus Matthews,
    Heliothine Moths of Australia:
    A Guide to Pest Bollworms and Related Noctuid Groups,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1999, pp. 12, 120-123, 190-191, 202, Plates 11.21-11.28, 15.9-15.10, 20.4-20.7, 22.12-22.13, 23.11.


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    (written 30 July 2017, 13 September 2017)