Yellow Striped Armyworm


Common name : Yellow striped armyworm

Scientific name : Spodoptera ornithogalli

Family : Noctuidae

Native to : The American sub-continent

Interesting fact : The 2 stripes running the length of the larva’s body give it the name ‘yellow striped armyworm’.

The moth has a wingspan of 32-44 mm, and has a dark brownish forewing and almost pale ivory hind wings. The diet of the larvae includes a wide variety of plants, including beans, asparagus, alfalfa, cabbage, clover, cotton, onion, peas, morning glories, tobacco, wheat, etc. This insect damages plants by consuming and skeletonizing the foliage. Females lay 200-500 leaves on the underside of the leaves of the host plant.

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