Tobacco Budworm Moth (Heliothis virescens)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Noctuidae (nok-TOO-ih-dee) (Info)
Genus: Heliothis
Species: virescens

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Scottsdale, Arizona
Ceres, California
Hayward, California
San Jose, California
Sunnyvale, California
Tulare, California
Fort George G Meade, Maryland
Billerica, Massachusetts
Congers, New York
Albany, Oregon
Georgetown, South Carolina
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Members' Notes:

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Negative

On Oct 7, 2013, lori_k from Tulare, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Ravenous caterpillar creatures that love my geraniums and petunias, completely destroying them if not controlled. They leave tiny black droppings under potted plants - a sure sign the plants are infested.

Negative

On Jun 3, 2013, dballesty from Congers, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Starting in June a small white butterfly lays an egg in rose buds, geranium buds and petunia buds, from which small worms emerge by eating their way out thereby destroying many of the flowers.

Negative

On Mar 17, 2009, tashmoore from Fort George G Meade, MD wrote:

also eats rosebuds.

The color of the catapiller will vary depending on what color flower it has been eating, pink or purple is supposidly from eating red flowers.

Negative

On May 27, 2007, azrobin from Scottsdale, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Eats newly forming geranium buds.