Category Archives: helicoverpa

Helicoverpa armigera emergence from diapause boosts trap catches.

Helicoverpa moth activity to 19 October, 2015. Over the past 1-2 weeks we have seen increasing H. armigera catches in the pheromone traps across Queensland (Qld) and northern New South Wales (NSW). The series of graphs of H. armigera and H. punctigera trap catches from August to 19 October are below. Included with these graphs are the current predictions for… Read more »

Helicoverpa activity – pheromone catch map

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Helicoverpa pheromone trap catches to 18 September 2015 This information is updated weekly on Fridays and/or the following Monday. Where the data for the current week is not yet available, click on the location marker to see data from previous weeks. The Northern region pheromone trap network is part of a national network of traps being run in 2015, funded… Read more »

Helicoverpa activity and other pests to watch for in winter crops.

Helicoverpa armigera active now. This spring a number of agronomists have just started monitoring pheromone traps across the northern region, and the results from the past two weeks illustrate how useful pheromone traps can be. Over the past 1-2 weeks, the traps are catching relatively high numbers of Helicoverpa armigera, and low catches of H. punctigera. In September it is generally assumed that… Read more »

Recognising caterpillar pests of canola.

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As canola sets and matures pods, and spring temperatures rise, there are a number of caterpillar pests that are active in this crop. Along with helicoverpa there are diamondback moth larvae (Plutella xylostella) and cabbage white butterfly larvae (Pieris rapae) in crops. It is critical that you can distinguish the species, and be familiar with their respective thresholds, in order… Read more »

Helicoverpa and midge management in sorghum

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As crops come into head and start to fill grain, sorghum midge and helicoverpa will start to infest crops. Making a decision about when control is warranted is made somewhat easier with the availability of economic threshold calculators now available on the Beatsheet Blog (; or use the ready reckoners in this article. MANAGEMENT OF SORGHUM MIDGE How to count… Read more »

An economic threshold calculator for Helicoverpa in chickpeas

  Calculating the economics of control is critical to making a decision about if and when Helicoverpa populations in chickpeas require treatment. This season, for the first time, growers and agronomists have access to an on-line calculator to help them make these decisions. The calculator overcomes the need to try and remember the formulas in the field. Best of all,… Read more »

Annual Helicoverpa resistance testing results for 2011-12

Implications for management in grains and pulses The insecticide resistance monitoring program for Helicoverpa aims to measure resistance frequencies of field populations collected from Central Queensland through to the Riverina area of NSW. Field collections of Helicoverpa eggs are reared in the laboratory and larvae are tested with doses of insecticide that are known to kill susceptible insects. Survivors are… Read more »

Helicoverpa and NPV in Sorghum – Current Issues

As the earlier plantings of sorghum progress through flowering, moderate to high Helicoverpa pressure means that many crops have caterpillar numbers over threshold.  Nucleopolyhedrovirus (NPV) is one of the main insecticides used to control Helicoverpa larvae in sorghum, however prevailing conditions play an important role in the speed and level of control achieved with NPV.

Late season winter crop pest management – remember to look out for armyworm and helicoverpa

As winter crops finish up and approach harvest, there are a couple of pests that still have the potential to cause some concerns.  Armyworm and helicoverpa in barley, wheat and oats. There have been a number of reports of armyworm activity across the northern region in isolated pockets. Armyworm has the capacity to lop heads in barley, wheat and oats… Read more »