Cotton boll worm

Cotton boll worm

Helicoverpa armigera



Description: The Cotton boll worm is a species of lepidopteran with a 35-40 mm wingspan. It attacks a large number of crops such as: tomato, pepper, corn, broccoli, tobacco and cotton. It may attack many others.


Number of annual generations: normally, there are three generations a year, although depending on the weather
conditions, there may be more.


Damage: the caterpillar attacks leaves, shoots and buds, although the most important damages consist of destruction of flowers and perforations in the fruit. This facilitates the entry of fungi and other pests that cause them to rot.