Esmat M. Hegazi, University of Alexandria, Bugwood.org
Egyptian Cottonworm
Spodoptera littoralis

Egyptian Cottonworm (Spodoptera littoralis ) is an insect pest of field crops, fruits and vegetables. It is a native of Africa and the Mediterranean and was first detected in 1985.

This pest poses a large risk to U.S. plant health, it has a very wide host range. Although it has been intercepted, frequently on cut flowers at U.S. ports, it is not known to be established in North America.

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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