Laboratory strain, ex Barbados (Sorghum), 8-IV-91.


Laboratory strain, ex French Guyana (Rice), -VII-91.

Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith, 1797)

Noctuidae Amphipyrinae


Spodoptera macra (Guenée)
Spodoptera inepta (Walker)
Spodoptera plagiata (Walker)
Spodoptera signifera (Walker)
Spodoptera automnalis (Riley)

Biology and distribution

Polyphagous larva, a pest of maize in Guadeloupe.

Very common everywhere in Guadeloupe and Martinique, especially in xerophilic zones.

Throughout the Antilles.

Throughout America (fall armyworm).



The sex pheromone produced by the female moths has been described (Tumlinson et al, 1986, J. chem. Ecol., 12: 1909-1926). It consists of:

Source: Pherolist, a database on sex pheromones and attractants in Lepidoptera.
Male genitalia (JPG 32 Kb).

Similar species

Spodoptera spp.

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