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Alice Springs MothsAedia leucomelas (Sweet Potato Leaf Worm) Australian Striped Hawk Moth (Hyles livornicoides) Bag-shelter Moth & Processionary Caterpillar Carpenter Moth (Endoxyla cinereus) Chasmina pulchra (White Beauty) Convolvulus Hawk-moth (Agrius convolvuli) Cossid Moth (Endoxyla leucomochla) Endoxyla Moth (family Cossidae) Laced Day-Moth (Ipanica cornigera) Godart’s Hawkmoth (Agrius godarti) Helicoverpa punctigera (Australian Fruitworm) Leptocneria binotata Mocis alterna (Bean Looper Moth) Owlet Moth (Eudesmeola lawsoni) Owlet Moth (Ophiusa parcemacula) Sameodes cancellalis (Banded Pearl) Yeperenye / Yipirinya

The species Helicoverpa punctigera common names include Australian Fruitworm, Australian bollworm, Native budworm and Heliothis.

Native to Australia, the Helicoverpa punctigera can often be found breeding during the winter on flowering plants across inland Australia, especially when there is sufficient rainfall for broadleaf vegetation. Late winter/spring, the moths migrate towards the coastal eastern region of Australia.

Australian Fruitworm (Helicoverpa punctigera), Alice Springs NT
Australian Fruitworm (Helicoverpa punctigera), Alice Springs NT

The larvae are known as a generalist, feeding on at least 100 different plant species, especially agricultural crops such as sunflower, peas, flax, maize, tomatoes, cotton and tobacco. They also feed on Australian native plants such as native daisies, billy buttons (Leiocarpa brevicompta), annual yellow tops (Senecio gregorii), and native legume (Cullen cinereum).

Australian Fruitworm (Helicoverpa punctigera), Alice Springs NT
Australian Fruitworm (Helicoverpa punctigera), Alice Springs NT

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Lepidoptera
  • Unranked: Ditrysia
  • Superfamily: Noctuoidea
  • Family: Noctuidae
  • Subfamily: Heliothinae
  • Genus: Helicoverpa
  • Species: Helicoverpa punctigera

Footnote & References

  1. Australian Fruitworm (Helicoverpa punctigera), iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/390336-Helicoverpa-punctigera
  2. Helicoverpa punctigera (Wallengren, 1860), Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/5c55fcda-c856-4584-a07b-07f9eb7b8875
  3. Helicoverpa punctigera, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helicoverpa_punctigera

Alice Springs MothsAedia leucomelas (Sweet Potato Leaf Worm) Australian Striped Hawk Moth (Hyles livornicoides) Bag-shelter Moth & Processionary Caterpillar Carpenter Moth (Endoxyla cinereus) Chasmina pulchra (White Beauty) Convolvulus Hawk-moth (Agrius convolvuli) Cossid Moth (Endoxyla leucomochla) Endoxyla Moth (family Cossidae) Laced Day-Moth (Ipanica cornigera) Godart’s Hawkmoth (Agrius godarti) Helicoverpa punctigera (Australian Fruitworm) Leptocneria binotata Mocis alterna (Bean Looper Moth) Owlet Moth (Eudesmeola lawsoni) Owlet Moth (Ophiusa parcemacula) Sameodes cancellalis (Banded Pearl) Yeperenye / Yipirinya

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