John K. Saichuk, Meszaros, Anna | 12/13/2011 1:33:46 AM
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 an occasional pest on rice. Larvae feed on the leaves of young rice plants. When large numbers of armyworm are present, seedlings can be pruned to the ground, resulting in severe stand loss. Fall army worm infestations generally occur along field borders, levees and in high areas of field where larvae escape drowning. The most injurious infestations occur in fields of seedling rice that are too young to flood.
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