Mythimna separata

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Mythimna separata (Walker, 1865) - (rice armyworm)

The caterpillars are greyish with lateral stripes, the frons have an 'A' mark. It is an important pest of maize, rice (ears are often cut off) and other cereal crops in south-east Asia and Australia. It migrates and might appear in larger numbers in rice fields, causing serious damage.

Synonyms:
Leucania separata
Pseudaletia separata

Vernacular names
• Deutsch: asiatische Reiseule
• English: rice armyworm
Oriental armyworm
rice ear-cutting caterpillar