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Spodoptera exempta (nutgrass armyworm)

Wikipedia Abstract

The African armyworm, Spodoptera exempta (Walker) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), also called okalombo, Kommandowurm, or nutgrass armyworm, is an African moth. It is a very deleterious pest, capable of destroying entire crops in a matter of weeks. The larvae feed on all types of grasses, early stages of cereal crops (e.g., corn, rice, wheat, millet, sorghum), sugar cane, and occasionally on coconut. The armyworm gets its name from its habit of "marching" in large numbers from grasslands into crops.
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Prey / Diet

Cyperus esculentus (yellow nutsedge)[1]
Cyperus maranguensis[1]
Cyperus rotundus (nutgrass)[1]
Solanum lycopersicum (Currant Tomato)[1]


Ciconia abdimii (Abdim's Stork)[2]


Parasitized by 
Geron exemptus[3]



Attributes / relations provided by
1HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
2del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
3World Spodoptera Database (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)
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