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First detection of Fall Army Worm (Spodoptera frugiperda)

Publication Date
Fri, 10 Feb 2017, 11:41
Last Updated
Dec. 1, 2021, 10 a.m.
Report Number
South Africa
Pest Id
Spodoptera frugiperda - (LAPHFR)
Report Status
Maize (Zea mays)
Pest Status (old values from ISPM 8 -1998 )
  • Unknown
Geographical Distribution
Spodoptera frugiperda specimens verified so far were detected in various locations in the Limpopo Province, Gauteng Province, North West Province and Mpumalanga Province.

Fall Army Worm was positively identified from larvae samples collected in the Limpopo Province and allowed to pupate. Subsequently, moths were collected from the northern parts of Gauteng and positively identified as Fall Army Worm. The extent of the spread is currently being determined. This is the first time this pest is detected in South Africa.

Maize production throughout South Africa.
Contact for info
Ms Muneiwa Ratshilingano Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Private Bag x14 Gezina 0031
Report files
Detection of Fall Army Worm (Spodoptera frugiperda)
Issue keywords
Commodity keywords
Maize or corn

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