EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 07 - 2020 Num. article: 2020/141

First report of Spodoptera frugiperda in Pakistan

In Pakistan, lepidopteran larvae were caught in March 2019 in maize (Zea mays) fields in various localities of Sindh and sent to the University of Agriculture of Multan for identification. Based on morphological characteristics, the pest was identified as fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae – EPPO A1 List). This is the first time that S. frugiperda is reported from Pakistan.

The situation of Spodoptera frugiperda in Pakistan can be described as: Present, only in some areas (first found in 2019 in Sindh province).


Naeem Ullah U, Ashraf Ansari M, Iqbal N, Saeed S (2019) First authentic report of Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith) (Noctuidae: Lepidoptera) an alien invasive species from Pakistan. Applied Sciences and Business Economics 6(1), 13.