Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Tomato fruitworm (caterpillar)

Helicoverpa armigera conferta Walker

Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae

Size range

  • Length 30–40 mm


  • From the Tropics, almost worldwide
  • Lowland areas of New Zealand

Life History

  • Found in gardens and on farms
  • Wide range of host plants. Pest of tomato, corn and other crops
  • Pupates underground
  • Medium–sized moth, wingspan 36 mm

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