heliothis moth

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Related to heliothis moth: Helicoverpa zea
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Noun1.heliothis moth - medium-sized moth whose larvae are corn earworms
noctuid, noctuid moth, owlet moth - usually dull-colored medium-sized nocturnal moth; the usually smooth-bodied larvae are destructive agricultural pests
genus Heliothis, Heliothis - a genus of Noctuidae
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One female Heliothis moth [an adult earworm] can lay up to 100,000 eggs," he explained, "and the larvae are tremendous pests on corn, tomatoes, and other crops.