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Corn earworm moth

Helicoverpa zea


This moth was seen at Mercury vapor light setup. The wings might look a little gold due to flash being used on scales causing a yellow/gold reflection or irridescent scaling.


In my garden, at Mercury vapor lamp sheet. Fort Worth, Texas.


The larva of the moth Helicoverpa zea is a major agricultural pest. Since it is polyphagous during the larval stage, the species has been given many different common names, including the cotton bollworm and the tomato fruitworm. It also consumes a wide variety of other crops. My first submission for National moth week.

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Fort Worth, Texas, United States

Spotted on Jul 3, 2020
Submitted on Jul 18, 2020

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