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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]

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



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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