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Tobacco Budworm (Helicoverpa virescens) The tobacco budworm is sometimes called the geranium budworm because of its tendency to infest geraniums, petunias, and other garden flowers. They attack buds of developing flowers, which causes damaged buds not to open. The flowers that do emerge have a ragged, chewed look.
Photo courtesy of Clemson University Department of Entomology, Soils & Plant Sciences, Cooperative Extension Service.
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