First report of Helicoverpa armigera in the USA
On 2015-06-17, one male Helicoverpa armigera (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae – EPPO A2 List) was collected in a pheromone trap (deployed in the framework of the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey) in a field in Bradenton, Florida, USA. In the Americas, H. armigera was first reported in Brazil in 2012 and rapidly spread across eastern and northern South America, causing economic losses in cotton, soybean and maize crops. This is the first time that H. armigera is reported from the USA.
The situation of Helicoverpa armigera in the USA can be described as follows: Present, only 1 male was caught in a trap in Florida in 2015.
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry. Pest Alert (2015-06-01) Helicoverpa armigera (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), the Old World bollworm by JE Hayden and J Brambila. http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Plant-Industry/Plant-Industry-Publications/Pest-Alerts/Pest-Alert-The-Old-World-Bollworm