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Corn Earworm Moth, Tomato Fruitworm (Helicoverpa zea)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Noctuidae (nok-TOO-ih-dee) (Info)
Genus: Helicoverpa
Species: zea (ZEE-uh) (Info)


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona
Barling, Arkansas
Marion, Arkansas
Storrs Mansfield, Connecticut
Osprey, Florida
Tallahassee, Florida
Webster, Florida
Cincinnati, Ohio
Boerne, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Onley, Virginia
Hernshaw, West Virginia
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Members' Notes:


On Aug 22, 2008, glendalekid from Tuscaloosa, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

Apparently, corn is its favorite food, but tomatoes are its second favorite. My next-door neighbor grows corn. This year his corn crop was a failure, and he removed it about a month ago. I'm assuming this guy came from the neighbor's corn patch. On the tomatoes the damage is not only an eaten-into fairly large hole in the tomato but also leaves a large, watery area around the hole. So, if you see that eaten watery area on a tomato, this guy may be the culprit.