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Heliothis (Cotton bollworm, Corn earworm, Tomato grub)
Helicoverpa armigera

The cotton bollworm is very variable in both size and colour. The body length varies between 12 millimetres (0.47 in) and 20 millimetres (0.79 in) with a wingspan of 30–40 millimetres (1.2–1.6 in). The forewings are yellowish to orange in females and greenish-gray in males, with a slightly darker transversal band in the distal third. The external transversal and submarginal lines and the reniform spot are diffused. The hind wings are a pale yellow with a narrow brown band at the external edge and a dark round spot in the middle.