EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 03 - 2019 Num. article: 2019/053

Spodoptera frugiperda continues to spread in Asia

Soon after invading the African continent, Spodoptera frugiperda (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae – EPPO A1 List) was found in Asia, first in India (EPPO RS 2018/154) and then in China (Yunnan – EPPO RS 2019/029), Myanmar (EPPO RS 2019/005) and Thailand (EPPO RS 2019/006). More recently, records of the pest in new areas have been made on the Asian continent.

In India, S. frugiperda was first found in May 2018 in Karnataka. The pest then rapidly spread to other Indian states on crops of maize (Zea mays), sorghum (Sorghum spp.) and millet (Eleusine coracana - finger millet, Panicum sumatrense - little millet, Pennisetum glaucum - pearl millet, Setaria italica - foxtail millet). As of March 2019, the presence of S. frugiperda was confirmed in the following Indian states: Andhra Pradesh, Bihar*, Chhattisgarh*, Gujarat*, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Orissa*, Tamil Nadu, Telangana*, and West Bengal*.

Finally, outbreaks of S. frugiperda have recently been confirmed in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.


* new detailed records.



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