Commonly Confused Caterpillars: Distinguishing Tobacco Budworms From Corn Earworm

— Written By Aurora Toennisson

Tobacco budworms (Heliothis veriscens) and corn earworms (Helicoverpa zea) are two common crop-damaging caterpillars. They both feed on a variety of crops, including tobacco, cotton, and soybeans, and look nearly identical. How can you tell them apart? This new video will help you out: