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Welcome to the fall armyworm portal. The fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) is a Lepidopteran pest that feeds in large numbers on leaves and stems of more than 80 plant species, causing major damage to maize, rice, sorghum, sugarcane but also other vegetable crops and cotton. 

Fall armyworm is native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas. In 2016 it was reported for the first time in Africa where it is causing significant damage to maize crops and has great potential for further spread and economic damage.

This portal contains a wide range of news, research, practical extension materials, videos and other resources on fall armyworm. Below is a sample of the resources available. To see the full list click the ‘see more’ links below, or enter ‘fall armyworm’ or ‘Spodoptera frugiperda’ in the site search above. 

The information comes from many organisations and sources. To see a list of organisations currently working on fall armyworm you can view our organisations taking action page. If you have resources that you would like included, please contact

Identification and management

The fall armyworm Spodoptera frugiperda is a Lepidopteran pest that feeds in large numbers on leaves and stems of more than 80 plant species, causing major...

Management Factsheets
UK, CABI, (2016). Pest Management Decision Guides. CABI. 1 pp. English Language
PlantVillage. External factsheets. PlantVillage. unpaginated English Language

Identification guides
CABI, (2017). Plantwise Photosheets. CABI. 2 pp. English Language
Visser, D., (2017). Identification guides. Agricultural Research Council - Vegetable and Ornamental Plants. 26 pp. English Language

Posters and Leaflets
CABI, (2017). Posters and leaflets. CABI. 1 pp. English Language
CABI, (2017). Posters and leaflets. CABI. 1 pp. English Language

Food and Agriculture Organization, (2018). Manuals. Food and Agriculture Organization. 139 pp. English Language
USAID,CIMMYT, (2017). External factsheets. CIMMYT. 1 pp. English Language

Latest research articles from CAB Abstracts

Salas-Marina, M. A.; Hernández-García, V.; Cruz-Macías, W. O.; Campos-Saldaña, R. A.; Ríos-Velasco, C.; Lule-Chávez, A. N.; Salas-Muñoz, S. (2018). Journal of Entomological Science 53(4), pp 569-571. Georgia Entomological Society, Griffin, USA.
Shymanovich, T.; Faeth, S. H. (2018). Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 166(6), pp 474-482. Wiley, Oxford, UK.
Birhanu Sisay; Simiyu, J.; Malusi, P.; Likhayo, P.; Esayas Mendesil; Elibariki, N.; Mulatu Wakgari; Gashawbeza Ayalew; Tadele Tefera (2018). Journal of Applied Entomology 142(8), pp 800-804. Wiley, Berlin, Germany.

Latest news

Publisher - East African Business Week 12:53 PM - 20 November, 2018 (Search term - fall armyworm)
08:36 AM - 20 November, 2018
Publisher - The East African (press release) (blog) 06:09 PM - 17 November, 2018 (Search term - fall armyworm)
08:07 AM - 15 November, 2018



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