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Missouri Pest Monitoring Network
Tobacco Budworm I.D.


Tobacco Budworm wings spread

Identification of moth
(stage attracted to and captured in traps)

    Tobacco Budworm wings closed
  • Brownish in color and lightly tinged in green.
  • Front wings are crossed transversely by three dark bands, each of which is often accompanied by a whitish border.
  • Hind wings are whitish, with the distal margin bearing a dark band.
  • Wing span measures 28 to 35 mm.

Identification of larvae (damaging stage)

Tobacco Budworm larvae
  • Young larvae are a yellowish green with a yellowish head capsule.

  • Tobacco Budworm larvae mature
  • Later instars are greenish with dorsal and lateral whitish bands, and with a brown head capsule.
  • Body color can be variable, and pale green, pinkish, dark reddish or maroon forms are sometimes found.

Identification of eggs (damaging stage)

Tobacco Budworm eggs
  • Eggs are deposited on blossoms, fruit, and terminal growth.
  • Spherical with a flattened base.
  • Whitish to yellowish white in color, but turn gray as they age.
  • Narrow ridges radiate from the tip of the egg.
  • Eggs are laid 18 to 25 in number.
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