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Helicoverpa armigera armigera (Hubner, 1805): the cotton bollworm (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) infestation in kitchen gardens, Dehra Dun (Uttarakhand, India) with its systematics, host plants and control measures.


The present communication deals with the infestation of Helicoverpa armigera armigera (Hubner, 1805), the cotton bollworm, an invasive moth, in kitchen gardens of HariVihar-Ranjitpuram residential area (Vijay Park) located in western Dehra Dun city (Uttarakhand), with its systematics, host plants and control measures. Its invasion in kitchen gardens and flower beds has not been noticed earlier and hence taken up its study here for the general awareness of residents/gardeners. It is a highly polyphagous moth and does great harm to the host-plants, especially the important agricultural crops (linseed, maize, paddy, soybean, pulses, tobacco etc.), vegetables (beans, brinjal, capsicum, green-chilli, cucurbits, lemon, okra, peas, potato, tomato etc.) and some flowering plants (Chrysanthemum, Geranium, Rosa etc).