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Tobacco Budworm of Three-lined Flower? - Chloridea virescens

Tobacco Budworm of Three-lined Flower? - Chloridea virescens
Ellicott City, Howard County, Maryland, USA
September 19, 2016
Size: .5-.75"

Moved, Heliothis virescens
Moved from ID Request. Telling this species apart from Schinia trifascia is straightforward. In S. trifascia, the AM line is curved and the orbicular and reniform spots are, as far as I can tell, absent or at least inconspicuous, whereas in Heliothis the AM line is straight and the orbicular and reniform spots are easily vitible. Separating this species from H. subflexa is tougher and I had to give myself a crash course before moving your image. It seems that the simplest and most reliable difference is the coloration of the prothoracic legs, which are reddish in H. virescens. Telling them apart by FW maculation appears to be very difficult.

 
Aaron, you never cease to ama
Aaron, you never cease to amaze! Thanks for the help buddy!

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