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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.


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


(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.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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 prolonged drought witnessed in the first quarter of 2017 and the threat posed by fall armyworm heavily affected the agriculture sector, especially livestock and crop production.
Top pests scientists from Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Organisation have been dispatched to Brazil to learn how to deal with Fall Armyworm.
Intrexon Crop Protection achieved a key research milestone and received a milestone payment in its collaboration with a leading agricultural company developing an eco-friendly fall armyworm solution utilizing Oxitec's self-limiting insect technology.
Across all of Africa, the Fall Armyworm pest is threatening the crops of millions of farmers.
He said that the association faced a lot of challenges relating to armyworm infestation of maize farms in 2017, which consequently resulted in the importation of maize to meet local demands.
Thus, among the 'specific pest' chapters you find contributions on flea beetles, diamondback moth, swede midge, cabbage seedpod weevil, pollen beetle, bertha armyworm, sucking insects, and noctuid pests.
com)-- Research by TPRI - Tanzania has shown that a bio-rational programme developed by Russell IPM has controlled Fall armyworm by 95%.
The report noted that the humanitarian situation has been exacerbated by the spread of fall armyworm infestations and cholera and measles outbreaks.
Summary: Tackling the menace of the tenacious fall armyworm is a top priority ifAfrica's food security is to be safeguarded.
July 18, 2017 (JUBA) -- South Sudan has reported an outbreak of fall armyworm pest in its Equatoria region, including Magwi, Yei and Juba, Northern Bahr el Gazal and in parts of Jonglei states.
The fall armyworm is a relatively recent intruder in Africa, but is has been widely prevalent in the Americas, particularly South and Central America where it is known to attack more than 80 different plant species, including maize--a major food staple for more than 200m Africans.
It is damaged by a large number of insect pests among them armyworm Spodoptera litura F.