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Heliothis virescens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Heliothinae
Genus: Heliothis
Ochsenheimer, 1816

Heliothis is a genus of moths, whose larvae are agricultural pests on crop species such as tobacco, cotton, soybean and pigeon pea.

Note: several species of moths of agricultural importance that formerly were placed in this genus now are classified as members of the genus Helicoverpa, such as the corn earworm, Helicoverpa zea.[1]

Larva of Heliothis virescens


  • Subgenus Timora (also treated as a separate genus):

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Kingan, TIMOTHY G., PATRICIA A. Thomas-Laemont, and ASHOK K. Raina. "Male accessory gland factors elicit change from ‘virgin’to ‘mated’behaviour in the female corn earworm moth Helicoverpa zea." Journal of Experimental Biology 183.1 (1993): 61-76.