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What Are Bollworms

Bollworm, any larvae of various moths (order Lepidoptera), including the pink bollworm (Pectinophora gossypiella, family Gelechiidae) and some Helicoverpa species. While these larvae are mostly known for the damage they inflict on cotton bolls, a variety of plants are attacked by bollworms, including peasalfalfabeanssoybeansflaxpeanuts, and other commercial crops. The larvae of the corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea, family Noctuidae) generally feed on corn kernels but can also burrow into tomatoes and cotton bolls and are thus sometimes known as tomato fruitworms or cotton bollworms.

Use these insecticides to get rid of bollworms.

American or cotton bollworn (Helicoverpa armigera) caterpillar feeding on a cotton boll.

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