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American Bollworm


(Helicoverpa armigera)
American Bollworm

Also called Pod, Fruit, Capsule or Earhead borer, Cobworm.


A polyphagous pests – attacks about 200 different species of plants and is a serious pest of cotton, tobacco, maize, soybean, sorghum, pearl millet, red gram, green gram, bengal gram, cow pea, tomato, okra, sunflower, groundnut, linseed, castor, seasamum, mustard, safflower, rose, grapes, etc. Characteristic feeding damage caused by larvae is a large and circular entry hole, with the head thrust inside and the rest of the body projecting out.