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Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner, 1808) Species

Last modified: Oct. 27, 2023, 1:37 p.m.

A regular and rare immigrant in Belgium. Most observations are in the north of the country and numbers can vary from year to year.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Heliothinae > Genus: Helicoverpa > Species: Helicoverpa armigera
Vernacular names
Katoendaguil (NL), Scarce Bordered Sallow (EN), L'Armigère (FR), Baumwoll-Kapseleule, Baumwoll-Sonneneule (DE)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1844. Énumération des insectes Lépidoptères de la Belgique. — Mémoires de la Société royale des Sciences de Liége 2: 1–35. On page 14.


A regular and rare immigrant.



Wingspan: 30–40 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


They can become a pest as a larva. This species is not be able to overwinter.
The adults are active during the day and also at night. They come to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults have been observed from April till December, but recorded mostly in the autumn.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Lycopersicon esculentum
Host plant (genera):
Herbaceous plants and Cultivated crops

The larva lives on a variety of herbaceous and cultivated plants like Solanum (tomato), Lycopersicon esculentum or Pelargonium.

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