close-up of head. , S. litura is the most common in South Asia. April 2004. Introduction and Distribution: Spodoptera litura is also known as the Oriental leafworm moth, Cluster caterpillar, Cotton leafworm, Tobacco cutworm, Tropical armyworm, Taro caterpillar, Tobacco budworm, Rice cutworm, and Cotton Cutworm. Common names. EPPO (2015) PM 7/124 (1) Spodoptera littoralis, Spodoptera litura, Spodoptera frugiperda, Spodoptera eridania. Spodoptera litura does not occur in the U.S. Younger larvae tend to be a lighter green while older ones develop to a dark green or brown color. litura: Taro caterpillar ... โข Six larval instars โข Fully-grown larvae are 3.1 โ 3.8 cm long โข Vary in color from pale green to almost black โข Three yellowish stripes running down the back In total, 87 species of host plants that are infested by S. litura are of economic importance. 50. and deposit the caterpillars somewhere else David Carter, Early instars (<3rd) are likely to be found on the underside of leaves. The fourth to sixth instars drop onto the ground, root around to loosen the surface of the soil, and bite out soil particles to form a clay cell or cocoon in which to pupate (Chari and Patel, 1983). During copulation, males transfer a mean of 1,052,640 sperm per mating. It has been found that higher amounts of pheromones are released during scotophase (dark period) and that lower levels are released during photophase (light period). Therefore, when pheromone glands are analyzed, mated females will have a higher titre than virgin females. When tested in the field, there was a very high larvae mortality of 88–97% 19 days after application of the fungal solution. Chitinase-producing bacteria were isolated from diseased insect [Pieris brassicae Linnaeus (Lepidoptera: Pieridae) and Spodoptera litura Fabricius (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)] cadavers.Serratia marcescens strain SEN showed highest enzyme production at temperature 27 °C and pH 9.0 and was selected for further studies. Spodoptera litura, otherwise known as the tobacco cutworm or cotton leafworm, is a nocturnal moth in the family Noctuidae. The eggs of this species are normally laid in an irregular furry mass The Oriental leaf worm moth, Spodoptera litura (F.) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) is a serious polyphagous and cosmopolitan insect pest of cash crops, vegetable and ornamentals (Senthil-Nathan and Kalaivani, 2005).In Pakistan, S. litura causes heavy losses in various regions such as the northern and southern districts of Punjab (Ahmad et al. ), Myzus persicae (Sulz.) Its prey locating behavior is activated when exposed to two chemical compounds released by S. litura larvae. Experiments have shown that females exposed to MAGs do not engage in mating call behavior the night they are exposed to the secretion. ... instars in about 13 days After the mature larval stage, pupation takes place. [bio-insecticidal activity of alpinia galanga (l.) on larval development of spodoptera litura (lepidoptera: noctuidae). As in most other parts of the tropic, these armyworms are subjected to a disease caused by a Spodoptera litura nucleopolyhedrovirus (SpltNPV) infection in the field (Kalshoven 1981). Spodoptera litura larvae are polyphagous insects that have become a significant pest in recent years. Spodoptera litura (F.) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) has a worldwide distribution, can migrate long distances, and has a high reproductive rate (Shad et al. This pattern is thought to coincide with male flight patterns, which would maximize responsiveness to the pheromone signals being sent. This helps disperse the moths into new habitats and onto different host plants as food sources are depleted. , Male accessory glands (MAGs) are a reproductive evolutionary strategy adopted by males to gain higher fertilization. Mass-rearing of Spodoptera litura larvae using local artificial diet with tap water as a diluent's was successfully established. Pumchan A, Puangsomchit A, Temyarasilp P, Pluempanupat W, Bullangpoti V. The aim of the study was to assess the bio-efficacy of four Alpinia galanga rhizome crude extracts against the second and third instars of Spodoptera litura, an important field pest. Moths of Australia, was described by Guenee in 1852 ... . thorax. S. C. Passoa, 2014 . of cream streaks criss-crossing the forewings. The larva of S. litura passed through six larval instars. The pupal weights were essentially similar in spite of different instar numbers. and a conspicuous row of dark triangles decorate each side of the back. 2014). Spodoptera litura.  However, its natural range extends from the Oriental and Australasian areas to parts of the Palearctic region as well. 48.20, 55.14, pp. , Some external signs of pest activity that can be seen are large holes on leaves, injured stem bases, and discoloration of leaves. The reasons for this are still not fully known. School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 500046, India. The pupa is typically 15–20 mm long, and its color is red-brown. The question was, what could have made the holes. Spodoptera litura is a polyphagous insect pest which has been recorded from over 100 families and causes extensive damage to tobacco, cotton, soybean, and cruciferous vegetables (Tuan et al. An average length and breadth of eggs measured to be 0.58 + 0.02 mm and 0.49 + 0.02 mm, respectively. Experimental results show that when S. litura are presented with two nutritionally complementary diet options, one rich in protein and a second rich in carbohydrates, females tend to consume more protein than males while no differences in carbohydrates exist. Buck Richardson, First to third instars generally remain on the underside surface of leaves. Supernumerary ecdysis of the common cutworm, Spodoptera litura was induced by crowded rearing and starvation. For example, S. litura has been responsible for the 71% yield loss of groundnut in the southern states of India. Therefore, there is an evolutionary benefit to recognizing and mating with a mate of the same species. is provided in the container. [bio-insecticidal activity of alpinia galanga (l.) on larval development of spodoptera litura (lepidoptera: noctuidae). An average hatching percentage and incubation period were 93.16 ± 4.33 per cent and 3.48 + 0.77days, respectively. Spodoptera litura (F.), one of the most devastating pests in many Asian countries, is normally controlled by relying on chemical insecticides. thorax. Rao GVR, Wightman JA, Rao DVR, 1989. EPPO (2018) PM 3/85 Inspection of places of production โ Vitis plants for planting. AU - Rajesh Kumar, Koppolu Raja. Constitutive expression of Arabidopsis NPR1 confers enhanced resistance to the early instars of Spodoptera litura in transgenic tobacco Gargi Meur. This lifespan decreases even further when mating with a heterospecific S. littoralis male. The number of instars that the insect completed varied as â¦ Mass-rearing of Spodoptera litura larvae using local artificial diet with tap water as a diluent's was successfully established. Investigations into its growth and development performance on different host plants can provide an understanding of the potential for increase of S. litura population in the field. , Heterospecific matings can be expected for phylogenetically closely related species with adjacent distribution, as is the case for S. litura and S. littoralis. 64-2, four isolates of S. carpocapsae (Weiser), S. longicaudum (Shen & Wang) X-7, and two isolates of H. indica (Poinar, โฆ Spodoptera litura, otherwise known as the tobacco cutworm or cotton leafworm, is a nocturnal moth in the family Noctuidae. Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art, 2014).  However, experiments have shown that high temperatures and low humidity are inversely related to fecundity. These two species are hard to discriminate between because the larvae and adult forms are identical.  The only way to properly differentiate between the two is by inspecting their genitalia. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 61:235-240. Fecundity is reduced by low humidity. Males, on the other hand, were more efficient at depositing lipid from ingested carbohydrates. , There are many ways the predators can locate its prey. In total, 87 species of host plants that are infested by S. litura are of economic importance. Spodoptera litura (taro caterpillar); larva hairless, variable in colour (young larvae light green, the later instars dark green to brown), sides of body with dark and light longitudinal bands. Later instars are smooth-skinned The duration of egg, larvae, and pupa lasted for an average of 5.0±0.00 days, 15.45±1.14 and 9.37±1.37 days. The orbicular spot on the forewing is also more pronounced in the males. Common, There are also 36 species of insect and 12 species of spider that are known to be natural predators to the moths. The number of instars that the insect completed varied as diet and temperature were changed. triangles on the Also inspect leaf undersides every day and The adult moth is brown with a complex pattern Male forewing length is 14–17 mm while female forewing length is slightly larger and measures 15–18 mm. Spodoptera litura Scientific Name Spodoptera litura Fabricius Synonyms: Mamestra albisparsa, Noctua elata, Noctua histrionica, Noctua litura, ... First to third instars generally remain on the underside surface of leaves. and with a dark patch on the mesothorax. Early instar larvae of the tobacco cutworm Spodoptera litura (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) and the beet armyworm Spodoptera exigua (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) are recognized hosts of the parasitic wasp Microplitis prodeniae Rao and Kurian (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), although M. prodeniae has previously been regarded as monophagous. 64-2, four isolates of S. carpocapsae (Weiser), S. longicaudum (Shen & Wang) X-7, and two isolates of H. indica (Poinar, â¦ Entomopathogens play an important role in insect pest management. The pheromones of Abstract. EPPO Bulletin 48, 330โ349. Larvae that survived sublethal infection of Spodoptera litura granulovirus (SlGV) as 4th and 5th instars led to an increase in the larval period of treated larvae when compared with control. Discriminating between the two species can be difficult because the larvae and adult forms look identical. Spodoptera litura F. (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) es una plaga muy importante que ataca adversamente a muchos cultivos importantes tales como algodón, okra, jitomate, papa, y calabaza. AT U.S. Spodoptera litura. To encourage an integrated pest management approach, we determined the economic injury level (EIL) for S. litura on peanut, Arachis hypogaea L., by larval infestation with late instars at different crop growth stages. Long periods of starvation in the 3rd- and 4th-larval instars induced higher proportions of extra ecdyses, up to 100%. Overlap in pheromone composition as discussed above also contributes to the lack of total reproductive isolation between the two species. This moth is found in Asia, with some specific problematic pest population reports occurring in Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, the Pacific islands, â¦ Newly hatched larvae can be found by looking for scratch marks on leaf surfaces. The moth has a wingspan of about 4 cms. , Spodoptera litura and Spodoptera littoralis are very closely related species. Some plant extracts have been used as a mixture to control insect pests and improve productivity. Spodoptera litura (Fabricius) is a cosmopolitan polyphagous insect pest ofmanyfood crops and tobacco. The most commonly reported viruses are nuclear polyhedrosis viruses and granulosis viruses. ), Myzus persicae (Sulz.) It is important to note that this result is different from previous studies on other insect species. S. C. Passoa, 2014 . and Tetranychus urticae (Koch) by cold storage and fumigation. pick off leaves with egg masses on them.  Their potential impact on the many different cultivated crops, and subsequently the local agricultural economy, has led to serious efforts to control the pests. There are six instar stages, and by the last stage, the final instar can weigh up to 800 mg., Pupation lasts around 7 to 10 days and takes place on the soil near the base of the plant. A similar phenomenon occurred in Ma  Eggs during mating are laid in a cluster covered with hair from the female's abdomen. is three weeks, but caterpillars that pupate at the end to the EPPO code. hind margin curls its head under its body. Damage to banana by an unknown insect in Cook Islands. Biology, morphometrics and geometrical progression of Spodoptera litura was studied by rearing S. litura under laboratory conditions during 2017. Genus Spodoptera. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 61:235-240. nematodes in different larval instars of Spodoptera litura (F.). and eat nearly any herbaceous plant, including : The last instars Threshold temperatures and thermal requirements for the development of Spodoptera litura (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). A similar phenomenon occurred in Ma Spodoptera litura underwent the holometabolous type of development and the studies on biology of S. litura indicated that on an average female moth laid 200-250 eggs in her life span. The cutworm, Spodoptera litura Fabricius (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), is a polyphagous insect that has about 150 host species (Rao et al.  As caterpillars, S. litura can only move short distances. Field life table studies of Spodoptera litura (F.) infesting sunflower were undertaken during 2012-13 at Zonal Agricultural Research Station, UAS, Bengaluru. 2012). 2012). The larva is variable in color based on age. Therefore, it is well suited for tropical and temperate climate regions. As in most other parts of the tropic, these armyworms are subjected to a disease caused by a Spodoptera litura nucleopolyhedrovirus (SpltNPV) infection in the field (Kalshoven 1981). The older larvae were killed more rapidly than the younger larvae. Potential Impact: High. When mature, the caterpillar burrows into the soil below the plant Inspecting the genitalia is the most certain way to tell the two species apart. PRODLI. The caterpillars become brown with three thin yellow lines , Mating also has an effect on stimulating egg production and ovulation. Constitutive expression of Arabidopsis NPR1 confers enhanced resistance to the early instars of Spodoptera litura in transgenic tobacco Gargi Meur. KEY TO RECOGNIZING SPODOPTERA LITURA/LITTORALIS INTERCEPTED . Abstract. of summer emerge the following spring.  This night marks the maximum activity. Threshold temperatures and thermal requirements for the development of Spodoptera litura (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). food leaves, leaving the veins intact. The nuclear polyhedrosis virus (NPV) isolate of S. litura (V-SpltNPV) was isolated from infected larvae in a cotton โฆ AU - Kirti, Pulugurtha Bharadwaja. The fourth to sixth instars โฆ These eggs are laid on the surface of leaves in big batches, with each cluster usually containing several hundred eggs. A bright yellow stripe along the dorsal surface is a characteristic feature of the larvae. , In sexually reproductive animals, recognition and attraction of potential mates can occur in the form of pheromones. Later, as they grow, they eat whole leaves, Systema Entomologiae, 1775, p. 601, No.  The countries with the most widespread population of S. litura include but are not limited to China, Indonesia, India, Japan, and Malaysia. , S. litura is often confused with its close relative, Spodoptera littoralis. The stink bug Eocanthecona furcellata is a predator that uses these types of chemical signals to locate and attain prey. Spodoptera litura is a polyphagous insect pest which has been recorded from over 100 families and causes extensive damage to tobacco, cotton, soybean, and cruciferous vegetables (Tuan et al. Spodoptera litura larvae are polyphagous insects that have become a significant pest in recent years. , Due to its presence in many important crops in agriculture, pesticides are always being applied on the species throughout the year. and Tetranychus urticae (Koch) by cold storage and fumigation. later instar.  The species parasitize the plants through the larvae vigorous eating patterns, oftentimes leaving the leaves completely destroyed. Spodoptera litura Photo: Natasha Wright, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bugwood.org, #5190079 . ©E. The nuclear polyhedrosis virus (NPV) isolate of S. litura (V-SpltNPV) was isolated from infected larvae in a cotton â¦ Rao GVR, Wightman JA, Rao DVR, 1989. Constitutive expression of Arabidopsis NPR1 confers enhanced resistance to the early instars of Spodoptera litura in transgenic tobacco. Each generation lasts about a month, but temperature causes slight variations: life cycles in the winter tend to be slightly more than one month, and life cycles in the summer tend to be less than a full month. The effects of diet and temperature on instar numbers and head capsule width in Spodoptera litura F. were compared among individuals reared on an artificial diet, lettuce and perilla leaves at 25 and 30. AU - Dutta Gupta, Aparna. , Although the length of a life cycle varies slightly throughout the different regions, a typical S. litura will complete 12 generations every year. Johan Christian Fabricius, KEY TO RECOGNIZING SPODOPTERA LITURA/LITTORALIS INTERCEPTED . Diet incorporation of NPV [nucleopolyhedrovirus] WP [wettable powder] at the rate of 50g per artificial diet preparation with 3.5% x 10 sup* PIB s/g [Ppolyhedral-inclusion bodies] was determined to be the ideal concentration for NPV mass production. MAGs contain many different kinds of molecules including carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins. Late-instar larvae were found to feed preferentially on mature teak leaves, whilst early instars fed on leaves of intermediate age. , There are slight but obvious differences in morphology between males and females of S. litura that allow for the easy differentiation of the two sexes. Gargi Meur, Madhusudhan Budatha, Tantravahi Srinivasan, Koppolu Raja Rajesh Kumar, Aparna Dutta Gupta, Pulugurtha Bharadwaja Kirti. The young larvae (first to third instar) feed in groups, leaving the opposite epidermis of the leaf intact. Information Sources: EPPO. , There is an inverse relationship between pheromone concentration within the bodies of females and the calling behavior of a female. , Regulation of macro nutrient input differs between males and females. Historiae Natvralis Favtoribvs, Spodoptera litura larvae generally pass through six instars.  The mean female longevity is 8.3 days while for males it is 10.4 days. Since S. litura is nocturnal, the larvae feed at night. The forewings are patterned with dark gray, red, and brown colors. Its common names reference two of the most frequent host plants of the moth. of each forewing. Neering AU - Srinivasan, Tantravahi. Some plant extracts have been used as a mixture to control insect pests and improve productivity.  S. litura cause severe damage to their hosts by their vicious eating habits as larvae. Fredon Corse, (2014) La noctuelle méditerranéenne. Egg masses are 4–7 mm in total diameter, and eggs will hatch 2–3 days after being laid. Spodoptera litura (F.), an important polyphagous insect pest, attacks ca. The older larvae are night-feeders and are usually found in the soil around the base of plants during the day. 1993). Spodoptera litura (Fabricius) is a cosmopolitan polyphagous insect pest ofmanyfood crops and tobacco. Initially, the Caterpillars are a translucent green with a dark mark on the This , "Flight Activity and Mating Behavior of Irradiated, "Spatial Variation in Foliar Chemicals Within Radish (, "Mate recognition and reproductive isolation in the sibling species Spodoptera littoralis and Spodoptera litura", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Spodoptera_litura&oldid=982440807, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 8 October 2020, at 04:50. If further disturbed, it curls into a tight Abstract. Spodoptera litura (F.) is an obnoxious cosmopolitan pest that causes serious damage to different economic crops. School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 500046, India. The larvae also have no hair. A row of black dots run along each side, The caterpillars are an international pest Introduction and Distribution: Spodoptera litura is also known as the Oriental leafworm moth, Cluster caterpillar, Cotton leafworm, Tobacco cutworm, Tropical armyworm, Taro caterpillar, Tobacco budworm, Rice cutworm, and Cotton Cutworm. The rice-cotton cutworm â¢Generalist plant-feeding moth. The moth Spodoptera cosmioides (Walker, 1858) is a native polyphagous crop pest in South America ().The species used to be considered a synonym of S. latifascia (Walker, 1856) (e.g., Poole 1989) until Silvian & Lalanne-Cassou (1997) demonstrated that the two species are distinct, based on molecular, morphological, physiologic and pheromone characters.  A current study of controlling this pest focuses on using the fungus Nomuraea rileyi on the larval stage of this moth. It has been previously stated that the male accessory gland suppresses female calling and subsequently, re-mating. Several possible explanations include physical injuries from the male genitalia or the male accessory gland secretions that force females to commit more resources to reproduction instead of on herself. An important characteristic of S. littoralis and S. litura are small yellow to white dots at the base of the black patches on the second and third thoracic segment (Figs 14â17); these dots distinguish both Spodoptera species from the nonâquarantine African and Asian Spodoptera species.1 1 The larva of S. apertura is unknown (Pogue, 2002), but it is a relatively rare species so far only known from Nicotiana â¦ (written 15 August 1996, updated 21 February 2018, 28 September 2019, 15 July 2020), Hunter Region School of Photography in Newcastle. and the numbers totalled for each month of the year : These indicate that there is only one brood a year in that area. Spodoptera litura (F.) is an obnoxious cosmopolitan pest that causes serious damage to different economic crops.  Since both species are polyphagous, taking note of the host plant is not helpful in correct identification. When disturbed, the caterpillar rears up and middle line on top. Both S. litura and S. littoralis share the same 11 components that make up their pheromones (in different amounts), with Z9,E11–14:Ac acting as the major component.  Accurate recognition of compatible mates is essential for reproductive success because failure to do so will come with steep costs: wasted time and energy, higher risk of predation, and reduction of viable offspring. It will pupate successfully if 0.5 cm.  Its common names reference two of the most frequent host plants of the moth. When MAGs are transferred from the male to the female during copulation, it exerts a wide range of effects on female post-mating behavior. Data Sheets and for several centimetres and there pupates without a cocoon. Spodoptera littoralis and Spodoptera litura 3 extra instar, and maturation may take up to 3 months. with a pattern of red, yellow, and green lines, which may leave residues in the fruit harmful to to humans, AU - Budatha, Madhusudhan. , Larvae body length ranges from 2.3 to 32 mm. Integrated Management of Spodoptera litura: A Review Kuldeep Srivastava1*, Devinder Sharma2, ... of 1st and 3rd instars larvae after 24 and 72 hrs. PORTS OF ENTRY .  A characteristic feature is the presence of two small spines at the tip of the abdomen that are about 0.5 mm long each. The following key is designed to help separate middle to late instar S. litura and S. littoralis from other Old World species of Spodoptera included in the revision by Pogue (2002).. Data on mandible morphology was taken from Brown and Dewhurst (1975) (African However, adult moths can fly up to a distance of 1.5 km for a total duration of 4 hours. Initially the caterpillars only eat the flesh of their Males usually go out to find females during mating season, so the lipid deposits are thought to be energy reserves that will help the males in preparation for the migration. As in most other parts of the tropic, these armyworms are subjected to a disease caused by a Spodoptera litura nucleopolyhedrovirus (SpltNPV) infection in the field (Kalshoven 1981). The rice-cotton cutworm โขGeneralist plant-feeding moth. Body utilization of the macro nutrients differed as well. , Eggs are spherical and slightly flattened. The eggs hatch in about 4 days in warm conditions, or up to 11- 12 days in winter. PM 7/124 (1) Spodoptera littoralis, S. litura, S. frugiperda, S. eridania 411 ª 2015 OEPP/EPPO, Bulletin OEPP/EPPO Bulletin 45, 410â444 transported or stored in cool conditions. A similar phenomenon occurred in Ma- This phenomenon may also be a result of the mechanical stimulation of male genitalia during copulation. on the underside of a leaf of a foodplant. Control of Spodoptera littoralis (Boisd. EPPO Bulletin 45, 410โ444. It has also been shown that females lay significantly more eggs after a conspecific mating rather than after a heterospecific mating. Fifteen EPN isolates were screened, and Steinernema sp. the best control is to pick the caterpillars off As a result, female longevity is negatively correlated with the number of eggs laid because a large portion of resources end up being used for the development of eggs instead of on herself. Se reporta por primera vez a S. litura atacando en un vivero de cítricos (Sapindales: Rutaceae) en la región de Sargodha, Pakistán. coming to a nightly ultra-violet light, It is important to note that many Spodoptera larvae, including our native ones, look similar to each other. Melbourne University Press, 1990, figs. as they reduce the parasite and predator populations next year: Development of Microplitis bicoloratus on Spodoptera litura and implications for biological control Kaijun LUO1,2, John T. TRUMBLE3 and Yi PANG1,* 1State Key Laboratory of Biocontrol & Institute of Entomology, Sun Yat-Sen (Zhongshan) University, Guangzhou, 510275, P.R. this species have been elucidated. In this study, both eggs and larvae were susceptible, and the mortality rate ranged from 50% to 100% depending on the stage of the larvae. One of these effects include suppressing female receptivity to future matings by reducing their sexual receptivity or sexual attractiveness. These include different species of parasites that specifically target either the egg, larval, or pupal stage. This can cause major economic strain since 36 million people are directly or indirectly involved in the production, sale, marketing, or transport of the tobacco crop. Spodoptera litura underwent the holometabolous type of development and the studies on biology of S. litura indicated that on an average female moth laid 200-250 eggs in her life span. Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN) have the potential to control the S. litura larvae. General information about Spodoptera litura (PRODLI) Name Language; cluster caterpillar: English: cotton leafworm: English: cotton worm  Another figure shows that S. litura can decrease tobacco yield by 23–50%. Present address: Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. The hindwings are silvery white. Spodoptera litura (F.) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) has a worldwide distribution, can migrate long distances, and has a high reproductive rate (Shad et al. Fifteen EPN isolates were screened, and Steinernema sp. The lowest pupation rate (89.32 %), adult emergence, the longevity of adults and fecundity was recorded in ridomil treated larvae. China; 2Agriculture Environment and Resource Research Institute, Yunnan Academy of Agriculture Sciences, (Photo: courtesy of Harold McQueen , Goodna, Queensland) Later instars are smooth-skinned with a pattern of red, yellow, and green lines, and with a dark patch on the mesothorax. With calling suppressed, pheromone concentration builds up in the body of mated females. so are not a long term solution. The significant impact on agriculture S. litura can have as pests has earned the species a spot on the quarantine list for many countries including the United States of America. The tropical armyworm, Spodoptera litura Fabricius (Noctuidae; Lepidoptera), is among the most harmful pests causing economic loss in the quality and production of a variety of crops, particularly cotton. Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN) have the potential to control the S. litura larvae. This fits in well with the migration patterns associated with mating. The study was mainly focused on observing morphology of different stages i.e., egg, larva, pupa and adult along with the duration, S. litura had five instars. The moth's effects are quite disastrous, destroying economically important agricultural crops and decreasing yield in some plants completely. Abstract. Control of Spodoptera littoralis (Boisd. Additionally, infections from fungi and viruses have been observed. The duration of egg, larvae, and pupa lasted for an average of 5.0±0.00 days, 15.45±1.14 and 9.37±1.37 days. Between 2 and 5 days after emergence, females lay 1000-2000 eggs in egg masses of 100-300 underneath leaves and covered with brown scales from the body of the mother. ... early instars causing skeletonization symptoms on the foliage of its host plants, late age larvae feed singly on the leaves A successful mating that resulted in fertilized eggs led to an even longer break from sexual receptivity. 300 economic crops in dozens of countries.  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