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Spodoptera frugiperda worm.jpg
fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda)
Spodoptera mauritia mauritia.jpg
Spodoptera mauritia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Hadeninae
Genus: Spodoptera
Guenée, 1852
  • Calogramma Guenée, 1852
  • Douzdrina de Laever, 1985
  • Laphygma Guenée, 1852
  • Prodenia Guenée, 1852
  • Rusidrina Staudinger, 1892

Spodoptera is a genus of moths of the family Noctuidae. Many are known as pest insects. The larvae are sometimes called armyworms. The roughly 30 species are distributed across six continents.[1][2]


No tufts behind collar as in Euplexia, but only tufts present on metathorax. Scales much smoother. Abdominal tufts slight. Fore tibial tufts are very developed. Cilia slightly crenulated. Antennae almost simple.[3]



  1. ^ Nagoshi, R. N., et al. (2011). Use of DNA barcodes to identify invasive armyworm Spodoptera species in Florida. Journal of Insect Science 11 154.
  2. ^ Meagher, R. L., et al. (2008). Monitoring for exotic Spodoptera species (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in Florida. Florida Entomologist 91(4), 517-22.
  3. ^ Hampson G. F. (1892). "The Fauna Of British India Including Ceylon And Burma Moths Vol-ii". Digital Library of India. p. 558. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 

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