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Sunflower Bud Moth

The sunflower bud moth, Suleima helianthana (Riley)
Although larval feeding sometimes produces malformed stalks, leaf petioles, and capitula, tunneling in stalks does not normally interfere with stem development. Yield loss is generally only noticeable when larvae feed and burrow into an unopened bud, preventing normal head development and thus production of seed.

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Adult bud moth

Name: Adult bud moth
Description: Adult sunflower bud moth
ID Name: sun812n
Size: 55K

Bud moth frass

Name: Bud moth frass
Description: Frass of sunflower bud moth
ID Name: sun813n
Size: 65K

Bud moth larva

Name: Bud moth larva
Description: Close-up of bud moth larva
ID Name: sun814n
Size: 53K

Bud moth pupal case

Name: Bud moth pupal case
Description: Pupal case of bud moth
ID Name: sun815n
Size: 34K

Bud Worm Damage

Name: Bud Worm Damage
Description: Damage to a sunflower head caused by bud worm larvae
ID Name: SUN091
Size: 120K

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