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UK Risk Register Details for Heliothis virescens

This record was last updated on 18/06/2023

Common Names

  • Tobacco Budworm

Scenario and Pathways

Scenario for Risk Register

  • show / hide
  • Pest is introduced

Pathway Assessed for Entry to UK

  • show / hide
  • Fruits or vegetables

Common Pathways

  • show / hide
  • Plants for planting (except seeds bulbs and tubers)
  • Fruits or vegetables
  • Soil/growing medium
  • Natural spread
  • leaves

Risk Ratings and Current Mitigations

Unmitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 2
Spread [1 - 5] 5
Impact [1 - 5] 3
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 4
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 6
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 24

Current Mitigations

  • show / hide

Key mitigation for pest

Regulated pest pending further assessment (Northern Ireland)



Industry Scheme

Contingency Plan



Mitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 2
Spread [1 - 5] 5
Impact [1 - 5] 3
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 4
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 6
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 24

Proposed Actions

Proposed Actions



Management By Industry

Targeted Survey


Contingency Plan



Distribution and Pest Details


Country / Territory Status Notes
United Kingdom Absent
North America
Canada Present
Mexico Present
United States Present
South America
Argentina Present
Bolivia Present
Brazil Present
Chile Present
Colombia Present
Ecuador Present
French Guiana Present
Guyana Present
Paraguay Present
Peru Present
Uruguay Present
Venezuela Present
Central America
Antigua and Barbuda Present
Bahamas Present
Barbados Present
Bermuda Present
Cayman Islands Present
Costa Rica Present
Cuba Present
Dominica Present
Dominican Republic Present
El Salvador Present
Grenada Present
Guadeloupe Present
Guatemala Present
Haiti Present
Honduras Present
Jamaica Present
Martinique Present
Nicaragua Present
Panama Present
Puerto Rico Present
Saint Kitts and Nevis Present
Saint Lucia Present
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Present
Trinidad and Tobago Present

Type of Pest

  • Insect (Lepidoptera)

Host or Industry at Risk

  • show / hide

Protected veg and ornamental growers

Major Hosts

  • Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Moench
  • Abutilon theophrasti Medik.
  • Allium L.
  • Antirrhinum L.
  • Apium L.
  • Arachis hypogaea L.
  • Aster L.
  • Brassica L.
  • Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp./Huth
  • Capsicum L.
  • Capsicum annuum L.
  • Carica papaya L.
  • Chrysanthemum L.
  • Cicer arietinum L.
  • Cucurbita L.
  • Cucurbita pepo L.
  • Eucalyptus L'Herit.
  • Geranium L.
  • Glycine max (L.) Merr.
  • Gossypium L.
  • Helianthus annuus L.
  • Ipomoea batatas (L.) Poir./Lam.
  • Lactuca sativa L.
  • Linum usitatissimum L.
  • Lonicera japonica (var. japonica) (L.) Thunb.
  • Solanum lycopersicum L.
  • Medicago sativa L.
  • Nicotiana alata Link & Otto
  • Nicotiana debneyi Domin
  • Nicotiana glutinosa L.
  • Nicotiana sanderae (N. x sanderae) Hort., Sander Ex W.Wats.
  • Nicotiana tabacum L.
  • Ocimum L.
  • Origanum L.
  • Petunia Juss.
  • Phaseolus L.
  • Phaseolus vulgaris L.
  • Physalis L.
  • Pisum L.
  • Sorghum vulgare Pers.
  • Trifolium L.
  • Tulipa L.
  • Vaccinium corymbosum L.
  • Vicia L.
  • Vitis vinifera L.
  • Citrus
  • Gossypium hirsutum
  • Nicotiana kawakamii Y. Ohashi

Threats to Protected Cultivation

  • Both protected crops and outdoor production

Forest Tree Pests and Pathogens

  • N/A

Further Information

PRA Availability

PRA not available

Regulation and EPPO listing

  • show / hide

EPPO alert list

Actions Indicated

  • show / hide


Statutory action

General Comments

Polyphagous moth pest of a large number of economically important crops causing significant damage in the Americas. Although establishment in the UK is uncertain, it is commonly intercepted in Europe, and seems to be an emerging pest.

Further Information


  • show / hide

Key uncertainty for pest

Whether the pest can survive under protection


Current distribution






UK distribution

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