Exotic Pest Reporting
Esmat M. Hegazi, University of Alexandria, Bugwood.org
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.