Special Alert – Fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, found in the EPPO region

 

 

The fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae – EPPO A1 List), is a highly polyphagous pest originating from the tropical and subtropical areas of the Americas. S. frugiperda has recently invaded Africa, Asia and Oceania where it is causing severe economic losses more particularly on maize crops, and to a lesser extent on sugarcane, sorghum and other crops. 

 

In the EPPO region, S. frugiperda was first found in Egypt in 2019 and in August 2020, it was detected in a limited number of maize fields in Israel. For the moment, no significant damage has been reported from Israel (as of September 2020).

 

The objective of this web page is to provide NPPOs with links to useful resources provided by EPPO and other international bodies on this major pest.

 

Courtesy: Marja van der Straten, Dutch NPPO

Courtesy: Boni B. Yarou

Courtesy: B.R. Wiseman - USDA/ARS, Tifton (US)