Spodoptera latifascia

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Spodoptera latifascia male adult (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Lyle Buss, University of Florida
Source: IPM Images

Spodoptera latifascia Walker, 1856 - (garden armyworm)

This army worm is found in southern North America, in Central America and in northern South America. It is polyphagous and attacks crops like sorghum, maize or vegetables. It is regarded of quarantine concern in areas outside its natural distribution range.

S. latifascia is very similar in morphology and biology to Spodoptera cosmioides and both names are sometimes treated as synonyms. Eggs are laid on the leaves and larvae feed during the night on leaves fruits and sometimes stems. Pupation occurs in the soil.