Fall armyworm

Alert

Have you seen fall armyworm?

Be on the lookout and report signs to Department of Agriculture and Fisheries on 13 25 23.

Early detection and reporting are key elements in controlling fall armyworm.

Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) is an exotic pest that has been detected in Queensland.

Fall armyworm is reported to feed on more than 350 plant species, with distinct preference for grass species with whorls, including:

  • sweet corn
  • maize
  • sorghum.

Destruction of crops can happen rapidly when infestation levels are high.

Scientific name

Spodoptera frugiperda

Description

Learn about fall armyworm identification, preferred hosts and management options in both field and horticultural crops.

Legal requirements

The Australian Department of Agriculture has import conditions in place for importing plants and plant products.