Spodoptera frugiperda (Smith, 1797) - Fall Armyworm Moth

Taxonomic Information

Spodoptera Guenée, 1852 species known from the Indian region:
Spodoptera apertura (Walker, 1865) (Prodenia). Oriental tropics.
Spodoptera cilium Guenée, 1852. Old World tropics. 
Spodoptera exempta (Walker, [1857]) (Agrotis). Oriental tropics. 
Spodoptera exigua (Hübner, [1808]) (Noctua). Oriental tropics. 
Spodoptera frugiperda (Smith, 1797). Native to N. & S. America. Introduced pest in other parts of the world. 
Spodoptera litura (Fabricius, 1775)(Noctua). Oriental tropics. 
Spodoptera mauritia (Boisduval, 1833)(Hadena). Oriental tropics. 
Spodoptera pecten Guenée, 1852. Indo-Australian tropics. 
Spodoptera picta (Guérin-Méneville, [1838])(Polia). Oriental tropics. 
Spodoptera pectinicornis (Hampson, 1895) (Xanthoptera). NE Himalaya.

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

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Jharkhand
Karnataka21
Kerala
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Tamil Nadu31
Tripura
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West Bengal
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  1. Phalaena frugiperda Smith, 1797; in Smith & Abbot, Nat. Hist. Rarer Lepid. Ins. Georgia 2: 191, pl. 95; TL: Georgia. Text at https://archive.org/details/mobot31753000314432/page/191/mode/1up?view=theater
  2. Ganiger, P.C., Yeshwanth, H.M., Muralimohan, K., Vinay, N., Kumar, A.R.V. and Chandrashekara, K.J.C.S., 2018. Occurrence of the new invasive pest, fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (JE Smith)(Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), in the maize fields of Karnataka, India. Current Science, 115(4), pp.621-623.
  3. Vinay, N., Raju, S.V.S., Babu, S.R. and Sharma, K.R., 2022. First report on occurrence of fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (JE Smith)(Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) from North Eastern plain zone of Uttar Pradesh, India. J. Exp. Zool. India, 25, pp.1598-604.
  4. http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=9666
  5. https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Spodoptera-frugiperda
  6. http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/acro/frugiperda.html

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Spodoptera frugiperda (Smith, 1797) – Fall Armyworm Moth. In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, R.P. Singh, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.74. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://moths.ncbs.res.in/Spodoptera-frugiperda, accessed 2024/06/20.