Spodoptera litura

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Spodoptera litura
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Spodoptera
Species: S. litura
Binomial name
Spodoptera litura
(Fabricius, 1775)
  • 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

Spodoptera litura, the Oriental leafworm moth, is a noctuid moth which is considered 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 have been recorded from over 40 mostly dicotyledonous plant families. It is a major pest of many crops.


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