Spodoptera is a genus of moths of the family Noctuidae erected by Achille Guenée in 1852. Many are known as pest insects. The larvae are sometimes called armyworms. The roughly thirty species are distributed across six continents.[1][2]

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Spodoptera mauritia
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Noctuidae
Tribe: Prodeniini
Genus: Spodoptera
Guenée, 1852
  • Calogramma Guenée, 1852
  • Douzdrina de Laever, 1985
  • Laphygma Guenée, 1852
  • Prodenia Guenée, 1852
  • Rusidrina Staudinger, 1892


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. (1894). The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma: Moths Volume II. Taylor and Francis – via Biodiversity Heritage Library.
  4. ^ "Spodoptera ornithogalli". European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization. 2020-09-02. Retrieved 2021-02-02.

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