EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 03 - 2021 Num. article: 2021/054

First report of Spodoptera frugiperda in New Caledonia

Spodoptera frugiperda (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae – EPPO A1 List) is reported for the first time from New Caledonia. In December 2020, numerous larvae of the pest were found in a single maize (Zea mays) field in Boulouparis. As eradication is not considered feasible, a management programme is under development with all stakeholders.

The pest status of Spodoptera frugiperda in New Caledonia is officially declared as: Present: only in some areas.


IPPC website. Official Pest Reports – New Caledonia (NCL-04/1 of 2021-01-20) Detection of Spodoptera frugiperda (fall armyworm) in New Caledonia. https://www.ippc.int/fr/countries/new-caledonia/pestreports/2021/01/-0/