Commonly Confused Caterpillars: Distinguishing Tobacco Budworms From Corn Earworm

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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:

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Photo of Aurora Toennisson, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAurora ToennissonResearch Associate (919) 513-4344 tatoenni@ncsu.eduEntomology & Plant Pathology - NC State University

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Photo of Hannah Burrack, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Hannah BurrackProfessor and Extension Specialist (Berry, Tobacco and Specialty Crops) (919) 513-4344 hannah_burrack@ncsu.eduEntomology & Plant Pathology - NC State University
Updated on Apr 5, 2017
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