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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.


Several species of moths of agricultural importance that used to be 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


Eyes naked and without lashes. Proboscis fully developed. Palpi porrect and second joint evenly clothes with long hair. The third joint is short and depressed and a short frontal shift. Thorax and abdomen without tufts. Fore tibia has a pair of slender terminal spines, whereas mid and hind tibia also spined. Fore wings with veins 8 and 9 sometimes given off from the end of the areole.[2]


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  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.
  2. ^ Hampson G. F. (1892). "The Fauna Of British India Including Ceylon And Burma Moths Vol-ii". Digital Library of India. p. 558. Retrieved 4 July 2016.