Virgin Islands, Crown Mountain, St-Thomas, 2-I-59, A. Zerkowitz leg., Coll. MNHN Paris


French Guyana, Piste Coralie, PK 2, 16-II-93, L. Sénécaux & B. Lalanne-Cassou legs.

Spodoptera eridania (Stoll, 1782)

Noctuidae Amphipyrinae


Spodoptera linea (Fabricius)
Spodoptera phytolaccae (J.E. Smith)
Spodoptera amygia (Guenée)
Spodoptera putrida (Guenée)
Spodoptera externa (Walker)
Spodoptera bipunctata (Walker)
Spodoptera inquieta (Walker)
Spodoptera strigifera (Walker)
Spodoptera derupta (Morrison)
Spodoptera ignobilis (Butler)
Spodoptera nigrofascia (Hulst)
Spodoptera recondita (Möschler)

Biology and distribution

Polyphagous larva, frequently found on Amaranthus in Guadeloupe.

Fairly common everywhere in Guadeloupe (type specimen of S. putrida) and Martinique.

Throughout Greater Antilles (Jamaica: type specimen of S. ignobilis, Puerto-Rico: type specimen of S. recondita).

From the south of the United States to Argentina.



The sex pheromone produced by the female moths has been described (Teal et al, 1985, J. chem. Ecol., 11: 717-725). It consists of:

Source: Pherolist, a database on sex pheromones and attractants in Lepidoptera.
Male genitalia (JPG 67 Kb).

Similar species

Antachara diminuta : Dark border on hindwings.
Spodoptera albula : Base of forewings with a black line.
Spodoptera spp.

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