African Armyworm

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The African armyworm, Spodoptera exempta (Walker) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), is the larva or caterpillar of a night-flying moth which causes considerable damage to cereal crops, namely maize, millet, sorghum, rice, wheat, teff and barley as well as to sugarcane seedlings and pasture grasses. Cereal crops are important staple food crops in Eastern Africa and any loss caused to these staple crops is a serious threat to food security and economic well-being, particularly to resource-poor farmers.

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