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Helicoverpa assulta
(Oriental tobacco budworm)

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Helicoverpa assulta (Oriental tobacco budworm)

Summary

  • Last modified
  • 10 December 2020
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Natural Enemy
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Helicoverpa assulta
  • Preferred Common Name
  • Oriental tobacco budworm
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta
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Pictures

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PictureTitleCaptionCopyright
Egg on leaf of green pepper.
TitleEgg
CaptionEgg on leaf of green pepper.
CopyrightKazuo Hirai
Egg on leaf of green pepper.
EggEgg on leaf of green pepper.Kazuo Hirai
Larva feeding on tobacco leaves.
TitleLarva
CaptionLarva feeding on tobacco leaves.
CopyrightKazuo Hirai
Larva feeding on tobacco leaves.
LarvaLarva feeding on tobacco leaves.Kazuo Hirai
Larva feeding on green pepper.
TitleLarva
CaptionLarva feeding on green pepper.
CopyrightKazuo Hirai
Larva feeding on green pepper.
LarvaLarva feeding on green pepper.Kazuo Hirai
TitleAdult
Caption
CopyrightKazuo Hirai
AdultKazuo Hirai
Eggs parasitized by Trichogramma dendrolimi, on leaf of green pepper.
TitleParasitized eggs
CaptionEggs parasitized by Trichogramma dendrolimi, on leaf of green pepper.
CopyrightKazuo Hirai
Eggs parasitized by Trichogramma dendrolimi, on leaf of green pepper.
Parasitized eggsEggs parasitized by Trichogramma dendrolimi, on leaf of green pepper.Kazuo Hirai
Helicoverpa armigera (cotton bollworm); interior surface of the right valva: A. Helicoverpa armigera. B.  Helicoverpa assulta. Note mm scale bar.
TitleAdult genitalia
CaptionHelicoverpa armigera (cotton bollworm); interior surface of the right valva: A. Helicoverpa armigera. B. Helicoverpa assulta. Note mm scale bar.
Copyright©Shin-ichi Yoshimatsu
Helicoverpa armigera (cotton bollworm); interior surface of the right valva: A. Helicoverpa armigera. B.  Helicoverpa assulta. Note mm scale bar.
Adult genitaliaHelicoverpa armigera (cotton bollworm); interior surface of the right valva: A. Helicoverpa armigera. B. Helicoverpa assulta. Note mm scale bar.©Shin-ichi Yoshimatsu

Identity

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Helicoverpa assulta (Guenée, 1852)

Preferred Common Name

  • Oriental tobacco budworm

Other Scientific Names

  • Chloridea assulta (Guenée)
  • Heliothis assulta Guenée
  • Heliothis assulta subsp. afra Hardwick, 1965
  • Heliothis separata Walker, 1857
  • Heliothis succinea Moore, 1881
  • Heliothis temperata Walker, 1857

International Common Names

  • English: cape gooseberry budworm; tobacco budworm; tobacco, budworm, oriental
  • French: noctuelle orientale du tabac

Local Common Names

  • Indonesia: Ulat pupus
  • Japan: Tabakoga

EPPO code

  • HELIAS (Heliothis assulta)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Lepidoptera
  •                         Family: Noctuidae
  •                             Genus: Helicoverpa
  •                                 Species: Helicoverpa assulta

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 26 Nov 2020
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes

Africa

AngolaPresent
CameroonPresent
Central African RepublicPresent
ComorosPresent
Congo, Democratic Republic of thePresent
Côte d'IvoirePresent
GambiaPresent
GhanaPresent
KenyaPresent
LiberiaPresent
MalawiPresent
MaliPresent
NigeriaPresent
SenegalPresent
Sierra LeonePresent
South AfricaPresent
TanzaniaPresent
UgandaPresent
ZimbabwePresent

Asia

BangladeshPresent
BhutanPresent
BruneiPresent
ChinaPresentPresent based on regional distribution.
-AnhuiPresent
-BeijingPresent
-GuangdongPresent
-GuangxiPresent
-HebeiPresent
-HenanPresent
-HubeiPresent
-HunanPresent
-JiangxiPresent
-ShaanxiPresent
-ShandongPresent
-ShanghaiPresent
-SichuanPresent
-YunnanPresent
Cocos IslandsPresent
IndiaPresent
-Andhra PradeshPresent
-AssamPresent
-BiharPresent
-GujaratPresent
-HaryanaPresent
-Himachal PradeshPresent
-KarnatakaPresent
-Madhya PradeshPresent
-MaharashtraPresent
-MeghalayaPresent
-OdishaPresent
-SikkimPresent
-Tamil NaduPresent
-Uttar PradeshPresent
IndonesiaPresent
-JavaPresent
-SulawesiPresent
-SumatraPresent
JapanPresentPresent based on regional distribution.
-HonshuPresent, Few occurrencesOriginal citation: Annual report of plant protection by Plant Protect
-KyushuPresent, Few occurrencesOriginal citation: Annual report of plant protection by Plant Protect
-Ryukyu IslandsPresentOriginal citation: Annual report of plant protection by Plant Protect
-ShikokuPresent, Few occurrencesOriginal citation: Annual report of plant protection by Plant Protect
LaosPresent
MalaysiaPresent
-Peninsular MalaysiaPresent
-SabahPresent
-SarawakPresent
MyanmarPresent
PakistanPresent
PhilippinesPresent
SingaporePresent
South KoreaPresent
Sri LankaPresent
TaiwanPresent
ThailandPresent
VietnamPresent

Oceania

American SamoaPresent
AustraliaPresent
-Northern TerritoryPresent
-QueenslandPresent
-Western AustraliaPresent
Christmas IslandPresent
FijiPresent
French PolynesiaPresent
New CaledoniaPresent
Norfolk IslandPresent
Northern Mariana IslandsPresent
Papua New GuineaPresent
SamoaPresent
Solomon IslandsPresent
VanuatuPresent

Growth Stages

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Flowering stage, Fruiting stage, Vegetative growing stage

List of Symptoms/Signs

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SignLife StagesType
Fruit / internal feeding
Growing point / external feeding
Inflorescence / external feeding
Inflorescence / internal feeding
Leaves / external feeding
Seeds / external feeding
Seeds / internal feeding
Stems / internal feeding
Vegetative organs / external feeding
Vegetative organs / frass visible
Vegetative organs / internal feeding
Whole plant / external feeding
Whole plant / frass visible
Whole plant / internal feeding

Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Bacillus thuringiensis
Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki Pathogen Arthropods|Larvae
Campoletis chlorideae Parasite Arthropods|Larvae
Carcelia illota Parasite Arthropods|Larvae
cytoplasmic polyhedrosis viruses Pathogen Arthropods|Larvae
Nesidiocoris tenuis Predator
Nucleopolyhedrosis virus Pathogen Arthropods|Larvae
Trichogramma chilonis Parasite Eggs
Trichogramma dendrolimi Parasite
Trichogrammatoidea nana Parasite Eggs
virus-like particles

References

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APPPC, 1987. Insect pests of economic significance affecting major crops of the countries in Asia and the Pacific region. Technical Document No. 135. Bangkok, Thailand: Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific region (RAPA).

Hirai K, 1995. An efficient method for collecting eggs of Helicoverpa spp.(Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Proc. Kanto-Tosan Plant Protection Soc., 42:217-219.

Hirai K, Miyakawa Y, Takeuchi H, 1996. Parasitization efficacy and movement distance by Trichogramma dendrolimi Matsumura on green peppers in a vinylhouse. Proceedings of the Kanto-Tosan Plant Protection Society, No. 43:217-219; 3 ref.

Hong JiaBao, Chen XuePing, 2002. Effect on the controlling oriental tobacco budworm, Helicoverpa assulta by using sex pheromone. Entomological Knowledge, 39(1):27-30.

Hou MaoLin, Wan FangHao, Wang FuLian, 2002. Population dynamics of Helicoverpa assulta and Myzus persicae and their natural enemies in tobacco fields of Shandong Province. Chinese Journal of Biological Control, 18(2):54-57.

IIE, 1994. Helicoverpa assulta. Distribution Maps of Pests, No. 262. Wallingford, UK: CAB International.

Kunitomo, Y., Sako, K., Amano, E., 2006. Occurrence of Japanese heliothine pests, Helicoverpa assulta and H. armigera, in eggplant fields in Yamanashi prefecture. Annual Report of the Kanto-Tosan Plant Protection Society, (No.53), 119-122.

Li Li, Long Ling, Liu HongMei, Yu XiuLan, Xiong Yong, 2009. Controlling effect of tobacco budworm on hot pepper and its field trials of insecticide. Guizhou Agricultural Sciences, (No.2), 85-86.

Nakazawa K, Kimura Y, Hosoda A, 1971. Lepidopterous pests control in peppers with special reference to the biology of the Oriental Tobacco budworm, Helicoverpa assulta assulta (Guenee). Research Reports on Hiroshima Agricultural Experiment Station, 30:53-76.

Wang KaiYun, Zhang Yong, Wang HongYan, Xia XiaoMing, Liu T. X., 2008. Biology and life table studies of the oriental tobacco budworm, Helicoverpa assulta (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), influenced by different larval diets. Insect Science, 15(6), 569-576. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-7917.2008.00247.x

Waterhouse DF, 1993. The Major Arthropod Pests and Weeds of Agriculture in Southeast Asia. ACIAR Monograph No. 21. Canberra, Australia: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, 141 pp.

Xia XiaoMing, Wang KaiYun, Wang HongYan, 2009. Resistance of Helicoverpa assulta (Guenée) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) to fenvalerate, phoxim and methomyl in China. Crop Protection, 28(2), 162-167. doi: 10.1016/j.cropro.2008.10.003

Yang MinJuan, Zhang Yi, Tao Mei, 2009. Study on the population dynamics of pests and natural enemies of capsicum in Qiubei. Journal of Yunnan Agricultural University, 24(1):150-153.

Yoshimatsu S, 1995. Outbreaks of Helicoverpa armigera (Hubner) in western Japan in 1994 and its host plants. Plant Protection, 49:495-499.

Zong Na, Wang ChenZhu, 2007. Larval feeding induced defensive responses in tobacco: comparison of two sibling species of Helicoverpa with different diet breadths. Planta, 226(1), 215-224. doi: 10.1007/s00425-006-0459-x

Distribution References

CABI, Undated. Compendium record. Wallingford, UK: CABI

CABI, Undated a. CABI Compendium: Status inferred from regional distribution. Wallingford, UK: CABI

Hong JiaBao, Chen XuePing, 2002. Effect on the controlling oriental tobacco budworm, Helicoverpa assulta by using sex pheromone. Entomological Knowledge. 39 (1), 27-30.

Hou MaoLin, Wan FangHao, Wang FuLian, 2002. Population dynamics of Helicoverpa assulta and Myzus persicae and their natural enemies in tobacco fields of Shandong Province. Chinese Journal of Biological Control. 18 (2), 54-57.

Kunitomo Y, Sako K, Amano E, 2006. Occurrence of Japanese heliothine pests, Helicoverpa assulta and H. armigera, in eggplant fields in Yamanashi prefecture. Annual Report of the Kanto-Tosan Plant Protection Society. 119-122.

Liu Xu, Xia XianQuan, Yao Ge, Shi WanCheng, 2009. Studies on the main species and occurrence characteristics of tobacco pests in field growth phase in Sichuan province. Southwest China Journal of Agricultural Sciences. 22 (1), 87-91.

Nassar Iqbal, Mohyuddin A I, 1990. Eco-biology of Heliothis spp. in Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Agricultural Research. 11 (4), 257-266.

UK, CAB International, 1969. Heliothis assulta. [Distribution map]. In: Distribution Maps of Plant Pests, Wallingford, UK: CAB International. Map 262. DOI:10.1079/DMPP/20056600262

Wang KaiYun, Zhang Yong, Wang HongYan, Xia XiaoMing, Liu T X, 2008. Biology and life table studies of the oriental tobacco budworm, Helicoverpa assulta (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), influenced by different larval diets. Insect Science. 15 (6), 569-576. DOI:10.1111/j.1744-7917.2008.00247.x

Xia XiaoMing, Wang KaiYun, Wang HongYan, 2009. Resistance of Helicoverpa assulta (Guenée) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) to fenvalerate, phoxim and methomyl in China. Crop Protection. 28 (2), 162-167. DOI:10.1016/j.cropro.2008.10.003

Yang MinJuan, Zhang Yi, Tao Mei, 2009. Study on the population dynamics of pests and natural enemies of capsicum in Qiubei. Journal of Yunnan Agricultural University. 24 (1), 150-153.

Zong Na, Wang ChenZhu, 2007. Larval feeding induced defensive responses in tobacco: comparison of two sibling species of Helicoverpa with different diet breadths. Planta. 226 (1), 215-224. DOI:10.1007/s00425-006-0459-x

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