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Queensland fall armyworm detections

Fall armyworm is native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas, and since 2016 has spread to Africa, the Indian subcontinent, China and South East Asia.

In January 2020, fall armyworm was first detected in Australia on 2 Torres Strait islands, followed by a mainland detection at Bamaga in February 2020.

It has since been detected at numerous sites in Queensland including Croydon, South Johnstone, Tolga, Lakeland, Bowen, the Burdekin region, Bundaberg, Emerald, Richmond, Clermont, Biloela, Mackay and Dysart.

Fall armyworm has also been found in the Northern Territory (Katherine) and Western Australia (Kununurra). The latest detection is in Longreach.

The Consultative Committee on Emergency Plant Pests has determined that it is not technically feasible to eradicate fall armyworm from Australia. It has never been eradicated anywhere else in the world.

Fall armyworm moves and reproduces fast, and feeds on a very wide range of plants. It is well established in our nearest neighbours and could be continually reintroduced.

Fall armyworm is most likely found in warm, moist regions with little forest cover.

Be on the lookout and if you suspect fall armyworm, report immediately to the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries by phoning 13 25 23.