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Any of various moth caterpillars, especially of the genera Pseudaletia and Spodoptera, that move in large groups and are destructive to crops and other vegetation.
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1. (Animals) the caterpillar of a widely distributed noctuid moth, Leucania unipuncta, which travels in vast hordes and is a serious pest of cereal crops in North America
2. (Animals) any of various similar caterpillars
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(ˈɑr miˌwɜrm)

any of the larvae of several noctuid moths, esp. Pseudaletiaunipuncta, that often travel in large numbers over a region destroying crops.
[1735–45, Amer.]
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Noun1.armyworm - noctuid moth larvae that travel in multitudes destroying especially grass and grainarmyworm - noctuid moth larvae that travel in multitudes destroying especially grass and grain
genus Pseudaletia, Pseudaletia - moths whose larvae are armyworms
caterpillar - a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth
2.armyworm - moth whose destructive larvae travel in multitudesarmyworm - moth whose destructive larvae travel in multitudes
noctuid, noctuid moth, owlet moth - usually dull-colored medium-sized nocturnal moth; the usually smooth-bodied larvae are destructive agricultural pests
genus Pseudaletia, Pseudaletia - moths whose larvae are armyworms
3.armyworm - larva of fungus gnat that feed on cereals and other grains; they march in large companies in regular order when the food is exhausted
fungus gnat, sciara, sciarid - minute blackish gregarious flies destructive to mushrooms and seedlings
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"The armyworm infestation, coupled with poor rainfall performance and limited ability of poor households to procure control chemicals, is likely to lead to significantly below-average harvests in these areas," stated the report.However, the Authority said the government has set up a Drought Command Centre and developed a comprehensive drought response plan covering the whole country as state agencies continue to monitor how the October-December rainfall season will perform.
The creature Yan is unable to name is fall armyworm. Known locally as the "heart-devouring worm," the destructive pest has spread more than 3,000 km (1,865 miles) north since migrating from neighboring Myanmar seven months ago, reaching 21 provinces and regions in China and posing a grave threat to grain output.
Taiwan's fall armyworm (FAW) emergency response center said on Monday (July 15) that tiny Trichogramma wasps have proven effective in suppressing the growth of fall armyworms.
The invasive pest, Fall armyworm has the potential to wipe out crops such as maize and threaten food security if not properly managed.
1 / 2 A fall armyworm is shown in this screengrab from video shared on social media by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
A corn field- CC via Pixabay/Hans CAIRO -- 31 May 2019: First case of destructive Fall Armyworm (FAW) was reported in Egypt, putting country's agricultural corps, particularly maize, at risk.
The Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) has ordered its regional directors to monitor farms to determine the immediate presence of the highly destructive fall armyworm, which is now wreaking havoc on plantations in neighboring Southeast Asian countries.
The two projects are "Strengthening of Market Linkages and Technical Capacity for Agricultural Groups to Promote Income Generation in Cox's Bazar' (SAFE+ project)" and "Emergency response to enhance technical capacity for monitoring and management of Fall Armyworm in Bangladesh (TCP emergency project)".
A three-day FAO meeting is being held in Bangkok, with officials from affected countries and experts discussing ways to limit Fall Armyworm infestations amid a "growing sense of alarm".