Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Tropical armyworm (caterpillar)

Spodoptera litura (Fabricius)

Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae

Size range

  • About 30 mm long


  • From the Tropics
  • Now established in Northland and Auckland

Life History

  • Medium–sized moth, wingspan 38 mm
  • Farms and gardens
  • Wide range of host plants. Pest of vegetable crops

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