Invasive Species Compendium

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Spodoptera albula
(Costa Rican armyworm)



Spodoptera albula (Costa Rican armyworm)


  • Last modified
  • 22 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Spodoptera albula
  • Preferred Common Name
  • Costa Rican armyworm
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Spodoptera albula (Walker)

Preferred Common Name

  • Costa Rican armyworm

Other Scientific Names

  • Laphygma sunia auct.
  • Prodenia ochrea
  • Prodenia sunia auct.
  • Spodoptera ochrea
  • Spodoptera sunia Guenée
  • Xylomiges ochrea
  • Xylomiges sunia
  • Xylomyges ochrea
  • Xylomyges sunia auct.

International Common Names

  • Spanish: gusano cortador; gusano rayado

EPPO code

  • PRODSU (Prodenia sunia)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Lepidoptera
  •                         Family: Noctuidae
  •                             Genus: Spodoptera
  •                                 Species: Spodoptera albula

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 10 Jan 2020
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes

North America

Costa RicaPresentCABI (Undated)
CubaPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)
HondurasPresentCABI (Undated)
NicaraguaPresentCABI (Undated)
Puerto RicoPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)

South America

ColombiaPresentCABI (Undated)
French GuianaPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)

Distribution References

CABI Data Mining, Undated. CAB Abstracts Data Mining.,

CABI, Undated. CABI Compendium: Status as determined by CABI editor. Wallingford, UK: CABI

List of Symptoms/Signs

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SignLife StagesType
Fruit / external feeding
Leaves / honeydew or sooty mould

Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Bacillus thuringiensis thuringiensis Pathogen Larvae
Nucleopolyhedrosis virus Pathogen Larvae

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