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  Lawn Armyworm (Spodoptera mauritia)





Lawn Armyworm | Spodoptera mauritia photo
Lawn Armyworm

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Lawn Armyworm | Spodoptera mauritia photo
Lawn Armyworm moth on chain of hanging basket

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.



LAWN ARMYWORM FACTS

Identification
The adult Lawn Armyworm moth is mainly brown with a complex pattern of creamy and grey markings. The trailing edge of the forewings have a fringe of dark and light patches.

Size
caterpillar grows to 5cm

Food
They are an agricultural pest feeding on grasses such as Bermuda Grass, Kikuyu, Sorghum, Rice. Can also be a pest in garden lawns.

Breeding
The eggs are laid in a mass about 5mm across. Young Caterpillars are smooth-skinned and green with longitudinal lines, becoming brown with two rows of black triangles down the back. They pupate in the soil below the food plant.

Range
Found throughout Asia, India and America. In Australia is found in northern and eastern parts including Queensland, Northern Territory and New South Wales.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Noctuidae
Genus:Spodoptera
Species:mauritia
Common Name:Lawn Armyworm

Relatives in same Genus
  Armyworm (S. litura)
  Lily caterpillar (S. picta)
  Armyworm (S. unknown species)