Old World bollworm - Helicoverpa armigera
Effective: January 1, 2022
Taxonomic Position: Lepidoptera : Noctuidae
Pest Type: Insects
This pest is a member of the following surveys: Corn, Cotton, Small Grains, Solanaceous Hosts, Soybean
These Approved Methods are appropriate for: 2025, 2024, 2023, 2022
Pest Information
Hosts Identified in the CAPS Host Matrix:
Human and Animal Pathogens Transmitted:
Pest Pathogens and Organisms Vectored:

Approved Method(s)
Method Detail NAPIS Survey Method
Trap 18 - Plastic Bucket Trap 3001 - General Trapping Procedure
Trap Spacing:

Approved Lure(s)
NAPIS Code Product Dispenser Effectiveness Compound(s)
21 Helicoverpa armigera Lure rubber septum 28 days Z11-16Ald
butylated hydroxytoluene
Lure Attachment:

Survey Recommendations
The following are recommendations for executing the survey using the approved methods for pest surveillance. The recommendations are developed through literature review and consultation with subject matter experts.
Target Life Stage: Adult
Time of Year to Survey:
Survey Site Selection:
Key Diagnostic or Identification

Approved Method(s)
Identification Resources:
Mistaken Identities:
  1. Mironidis, G. K. 2014. Development, survivorship and reproduction of Helicoverpa armigera (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) under fluctuating temperatures. Bulletin of Entomological Research 104(6):751.
  2. Mironidis, G. K., D. C. Stamopoulos, and M. Savopoulou-Soultani. 2010. Overwintering survival and spring emergence of Helicoverpa armigera (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in Northern Greece. Environmental Entomology 39(4):1068-1084.
  3. Mironidis, G., and M. Savopoulou-Soultani. 2012. Effects of constant and changing temperature conditions on diapause induction in Helicoverpa armigera (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Bulletin of Entomological Research 102(2):139.

If you are unable to find a reference, contact STCAPS@usda.gov. See the CAPS Pest Datasheet for all references.