Pink Bollworm

Fire ants attacking a pink bollworm larva. Photo credit: Winfield Sterling

Fire ants attacking a pink bollworm larva. Photo credit: Winfield Sterling

Pink Bollworm

Scientific name: Pectinophora gossypiella (Saunders)
(Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae)

Facts: Pink bollworm are pinkish-white, brown-headed caterpillars up to 1/2 inch long that are found in cotton bolls. They are easily distinguished from boll weevil grubs by having 8 pairs of legs and prolegs.

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