Old World Bollworm
Found throughout all of the Old World between 40°N and 40°S (Nibouche et al. 1998)
In September 2014, the first U.S. detection of OWB occurred in western Puerto Rico (USDA, APHIS).
Frequently intercepted at U.S. ports of entry on imported cut flowers and herbs (Pogue 2004)
Feeds on a large range of plant hosts and could cause serious economic losses to corn and cotton in the U.S. (Tay et al. 2013)
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European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.
State and Local Government
Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
Michigan State University. Integrated Pest Management Program.
Nibouche, S., R. Buès, J. Toubon, and S. Poitout. 1998. Allozyme polymorphism in the cotton bollworm Helicoverpa armigera (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae): comparison of African and European populations. Heredity 80:438-445.
Pogue, M.G. 2004. A new synonym of Helicoverpa zea (Boddie) and differentiation of adult males of H. zea and H. armigera (Hübner) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Heliothinae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 97(6):1222-1226.
Tay W.T., M.F. Soria, T. Walsh, D. Thomazoni, P. Silvie, G.T. Behere, C. Anderson, and S. Downes. 2013. A brave new world for an Old World pest: Helicoverpa armigera (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in Brazil. PLoS ONE 8(11): e80134.