Fall Armyworm Larva

John K. Saichuk, Meszaros, Anna

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Fall Armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (J. E. Smith)

Larva feeds on most grasses found in and around rice fields. It is also serious pest of corn and pasture grasses. The fall armyworm is only occasionally pest on rice. Larvae vary from light green to brown to black but have distinctive white stripes along the side and back of the body. Larvae feed for 2 to 3 weeks, developing through four instars. Late instars are about one inch long and have a distinctive inverted “Y” on the head.

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9/22/2011 8:04:18 PM
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