DISTRIBUTION: North, Central and South America; Antilles.
TYPE LOCALITY: 'North America'.
BELIZE RECORDS: Pook’s Hill.
METHOD OF IDENTIFICATION: by comparison with figures of the adult and related
species in Covell (1984).
NOTES: found throughout North, Central and South America with the similar
species H. virescens Fabricius. May generally be distinguished from
virescens as the latter species lacks the white lining on the basal
side of the median lines on the forewing and the outermost forewing
line does reach the apex in subflexus whereas it does not in virescens.
The hindwings are generally unmarked pure white in subflexa but have
marginal dark markings in virescens. Genitalia are illustrated by
Forbes (1954) and general features of marking enabling separation of
the related species are discussed by Todd (1978). H. virescens is
commonly known as the ‘Tobacco Budworm Moth’ and its larva is a
destructive pest of of various Solanaceous crops such as Tobacco.
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