NEWS
Bollworm Invades U.S.
Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter
Thu Jul 30, 2015 04:57 PM CDT

ST. LOUIS (DTN) -- The Old World bollworm, an aggressive global agricultural pest, is now officially a resident of the continental United States.

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced Thursday that three bollworm moths were found in Manatee County, a western coastal county of Florida, in traps on a tomato farm and a nearby vacant lot.

The pest's stateside arrival is a serious blow to U.S. farmers of most crops.

Known officially as Helicoverpa armigera, the Old World bollworm caterpillar can live on 180 species of plants and causes enormous global agricultural damage each year to vegetables, ...

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