K. Kiritani, , Bugwood.org
Cotton Cutworm
Spodoptera litura

Cotton Cutworm (Spodoptera litura ) is an insect pest of many important food plants. It is a native of Asia and was first detected in Hawaii.

Though S. litura is not established in the continental US, it poses a high risk to plant health. International commerce provides recognized avenues of introduction.

This insect pest has been identified by USDA-APHIS as a serious threat to US Agriculture and Natural Resources, and surveys have been planned for multiple states.

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