France, Nice (06), 9-IX-32, G. Praviel leg., Coll. MNHN Paris

Spodoptera exigua (Hübner, 1808)

Noctuidae Amphipyrinae


Spodoptera fulgens (Geyer)
Spodoptera pygmaea (Rambur)
Spodoptera junceti (Zeller)
Spodoptera caradrinoides (Walker)
Spodoptera flavimaculata (Harvey)
Spodoptera sebghana (Astaut)
Spodoptera venosa (Butler)

Biology and distribution

Polyphagous larva, sometimes a pest, reported on Asparagus in Florida (Kimball).

Guadeloupe: 5 specimens caught at Devarieux.

Dominican Republic.

A tropical and subtropical species of Eurasian origin, now cosmopolitan. Migrant specimens should occur throughout the Antilles.



The sex pheromone produced by the female moths has been described (Persoons et al, 1981, Entomol. exp. applic., 30: 98-99; Tumlinson et al, 1990, J. chem. Ecol., 16: 3411-3423). It consists of:

Source: Pherolist, a database on sex pheromones and attractants in Lepidoptera.
Male genitalia (JPG 34 Kb).

Similar species

Spodoptera spp.

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