Spodoptera litura

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Spodoptera litura
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Adult
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Spodoptera
Species: S. litura
Binomial name
Spodoptera litura
(Fabricius, 1775)
Synonyms
  • Noctua litura Fabricius, 1775
  • Noctua histrionica Fabricius, 1775
  • Noctua elata Fabricius, 1781
  • Prodenia ciligera Guenée, 1852
  • Prodenia tasmanica Guenée, 1852
  • Prodenia subterminalis Walker, 1856
  • Prodenia glaucistriga Walker, 1856
  • Prodenia declinata Walker, 1857
  • Mamestra albisparsa Walker, 1862
  • Prodenia evanescens Butler, 1884
  • Orthosia conjuncta Rebel, 1921

Oriental Leafworm Moth Spodoptera litura is a Noctuid moth which is considered as an agricultural pest. It is also known as the Cluster caterpillar, Cotton leafworm, Tobacco cutworm, and Tropical armyworm. It is found in the Indo-Australian tropics. It is also established on most Polynesian islands where it occurs in a variety of island forms.

The larvae feed on a wide range of plants and has been recorded from over 40 mostly dicotyledonous plant families. It is a major pest of many crops.

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