EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 07 - 2019 Num. article: 2019/137

First report of Spodoptera frugiperda in the Republic of Korea

In June 2019, the NPPO of the Republic of Korea declared the first detection of Spodoptera frugiperda (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae – EPPO A1 List) on its territory. Larvae of S. frugiperda were identified in 4 maize (Zea mays) fields on the island of Jeju (3 in Chujwa-eup and 1 in Jocheon-eup). The damage rate was low (1-5%). The identity of the pest was confirmed by molecular techniques (DNA barcoding). Phytosanitary measures were applied to eradicate the pest.

The pest status of Spodoptera frugiperda in the Republic of Korea is officially declared as: Transient: actionable, under eradication.


IPPC website. Official Pest Reports – Republic of Korea (KOR-08/2 of 2019-06-21) Report of first detection of fall armyworm (FAW) in Republic of Korea. https://www.ippc.int/en/countries/republic-of-korea/pestreports/2019/06/report-of-first-detection-of-fall-armywormfaw-in-republic-of-korea/