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Heliothis viriplaca
(flax, budworm)



Heliothis viriplaca (flax, budworm)


  • Last modified
  • 21 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Heliothis viriplaca
  • Preferred Common Name
  • flax, budworm
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Heliothis viriplaca (Hufnagel)

Preferred Common Name

  • flax, budworm

Other Scientific Names

  • Chloridea dipsacea Linnaeus
  • Chloridea viridiplaca
  • Chloridea viriplaca Hufnagel
  • Helicoverpa dipsacea
  • Heliothis dipsacea Linnaeus

International Common Names

  • French: noctuelle de la luzerne; noctuelle de la trefle

Local Common Names

  • Japan: Tumekusaga

EPPO code

  • HELIDI (Heliothis dipsacea)

Taxonomic Tree

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

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: 10 Jan 2020

Distribution References

CABI Data Mining, Undated. CAB Abstracts Data Mining.,

CABI, Undated. CABI Compendium: Status as determined by CABI editor. Wallingford, UK: CABI

Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. dendrolimus Pathogen Larvae
Bacillus thuringiensis thuringiensis Pathogen Larvae
Bactromyia zhumanovi Parasite Larvae
Bracon brevicornis Parasite Larvae
Exorista xanthaspis Parasite Larvae
Hockeria urfaensis Parasite
Hyposoter didymator Parasite
Pales pavida Parasite Larvae
Pseudogonia rufifrons Parasite Larvae
Spallanzania hebes Parasite Larvae

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