litura: Taro caterpillar ... โ€ข Six larval instars โ€ข Fully-grown larvae are 3.1 โ€“ 3.8 cm long โ€ข Vary in color from pale green to almost black โ€ข Three yellowish stripes running down the back A row of black dots run along each side, [5], Although the length of a life cycle varies slightly throughout the different regions, a typical S. litura will complete 12 generations every year. Constitutive expression of Arabidopsis NPR1 confers enhanced resistance to the early instars of Spodoptera litura in transgenic tobacco Gargi Meur. 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. and deposit the caterpillars somewhere else 48.20, 55.14, pp. triangles on the Spodoptera litura (F.), an important polyphagous insect pest, attacks ca. 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. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 61:235-240. [9] In addition, the sheer amount of pesticides being used have caused concern for pesticide residue on food, environmental damage, and the destruction of beneficial species. April 2004. 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 One of these effects include suppressing female receptivity to future matings by reducing their sexual receptivity or sexual attractiveness. Since S. litura is nocturnal, the larvae feed at night. Also inspect leaf undersides every day and Control of Spodoptera littoralis (Boisd. Newly hatched larvae can be found by looking for scratch marks on leaf surfaces. [1], In sexually reproductive animals, recognition and attraction of potential mates can occur in the form of pheromones. [bio-insecticidal activity of alpinia galanga (l.) on larval development of spodoptera litura (lepidoptera: noctuidae). Buck Richardson, 50. Experiments have shown that females exposed to MAGs do not engage in mating call behavior the night they are exposed to the secretion. Constitutive expression of Arabidopsis NPR1 confers enhanced resistance to the early instars of Spodoptera litura in transgenic tobacco. Some plant extracts have been used as a mixture to control insect pests and improve productivity. 1993). 34, 34, 38, 65, 461. This lifespan decreases even further when mating with a heterospecific S. littoralis male. There are six instar stages, and by the last stage, the final instar can weigh up to 800 mg.[5], Pupation lasts around 7 to 10 days and takes place on the soil near the base of the plant. food leaves, leaving the veins intact. The number of instars that the insect completed varied as diet and temperature were changed. Several studies have pointed out that the female lifespan decreases after mating. The older larvae were killed more rapidly than the younger larvae. In total, 87 species of host plants that are infested by S. litura are of economic importance. It is important to note that many Spodoptera larvae, including our native ones, look similar to each other. 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. [1], Mating also has an effect on stimulating egg production and ovulation. apex Y1 - 2008/8/1 Melbourne University Press, 1990, figs. Field life table studies of Spodoptera litura (F.) infesting sunflower were undertaken during 2012-13 at Zonal Agricultural Research Station, UAS, ... early instars causing skeletonization symptoms on the foliage of its host plants, late age larvae feed singly on the leaves It is important to note that this result is different from previous studies on other insect species. The fourth to sixth instars โ€ฆ [6] The countries with the most widespread population of S. litura include but are not limited to China, Indonesia, India, Japan, and Malaysia. As it does so, it produces a quantity of fluid, and will drown China; 2Agriculture Environment and Resource Research Institute, Yunnan Academy of Agriculture Sciences, The larva of S. litura passed through six larval instars. This fits in well with the migration patterns associated with mating. PRODLI. Spodoptera litura. The adult moth is brown with a complex pattern Entomopathogens play an important role in insect pest management. [3] When the host plant in a particular area is depleted, big groups of larvae will migrate to find a new food source. Spodoptera litura does not occur in the U.S. 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). so are not a long term solution. The cutworm, Spodoptera litura Fabricius (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), is a polyphagous insect that has about 150 host species (Rao et al. third instar. Males, on the other hand, were more efficient at depositing lipid from ingested carbohydrates. [13] In moth species, pheromones are produced by the females by pheromone glands and are released to attract males of their own species. The males but not the females have a blue-grey band from the For small numbers of plants: An average length and breadth of eggs measured to be 0.58 + 0.02 mm and 0.49 + 0.02 mm, respectively. Spodoptera litura is a notorious leaf feeding insect pest of more than one hundred plants around the Asia-Pacific region. 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. with a pattern of red, yellow, and green lines, Supernumerary ecdysis of the common cutworm, Spodoptera litura was induced by crowded rearing and starvation. curls its head under its body. later instar. The young larvae (first to third instar) feed in groups, leaving the opposite epidermis of the leaf intact. The larvae also have no hair. When mature, the caterpillar burrows into the soil below the plant Present address: Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. thorax. [8] Because S. litura acts as a pest on many different kinds of agricultural crops, its presence can cause economic losses in regions where these crops are cultivated. [5], S. litura is a general herbivore and takes residence on various plants. The question was, what could have made the holes. LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 121. Spodoptera litura (F.), one of the most devastating pests in many Asian countries, is normally controlled by relying on chemical insecticides. 2012). 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. One way is the release of chemical cues from the larvae that can act as a locator for predators searching for prey. The lowest pupation rate (89.32 %), adult emergence, the longevity of adults and fecundity was recorded in ridomil treated larvae. Overlap in pheromone composition as discussed above also contributes to the lack of total reproductive isolation between the two species. 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. We recommend against using insecticides, the best control is to pick the caterpillars off The moth has a wingspan of about 4 cms. Spodoptera litura (Fabricius) is a cosmopolitan polyphagous insect pest ofmanyfood crops and tobacco. and Tetranychus urticae (Koch) by cold storage and fumigation. thorax. of cream streaks criss-crossing the forewings. The caterpillars become brown with three thin yellow lines Bulletin of Entomological Research, 61:235-240. litura. is three weeks, but caterpillars that pupate at the end Neering [3] Their potential impact on the many different cultivated crops, and subsequently the local agricultural economy, has led to serious efforts to control the pests. Females have a typical fecundity of 2000 to 2600 eggs. The rice-cotton cutworm โ€ขGeneralist plant-feeding moth. Therefore, there is an evolutionary benefit to recognizing and mating with a mate of the same species. Pupae especially can be moved long distances, provided that they are not crushed, because of the relatively long pupation period. 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). Similar damage was reported on Canna indica and Heliconia. The species parasitize the plants through the larvae vigorous eating patterns, oft… Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN) have the potential to control the S. litura larvae. The rice-cotton cutworm •Generalist plant-feeding moth. Common, Abstract. Spodoptera litura (F.) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) has a worldwide distribution, can migrate long distances, and has a high reproductive rate (Shad et al. Spodoptera litura larvae are polyphagous insects that have become a significant pest in recent years. [5], S. litura is the most common in South Asia. [4], S. litura is often confused with its close relative, Spodoptera littoralis. In S. littoralis, the ductus and ostium bursae are the same lengths while in S. litura, they are of different lengths. Spodoptera littoralis and Spodoptera litura 3 extra instar, and maturation may take up to 3 months. S. litura is a serious polyphagous pest in Asia, Oceania, and the Indian subcontinent that was first described by Johan Christian Fabriciusin 1775. 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 There are also 36 species of insect and 12 species of spider that are known to be natural predators to the moths. In males, the juxta have characteristic shapes for each species. [5] For example, in Karnataka, a granulosis virus was found in dead S. litura larvae. [4] A current study of controlling this pest focuses on using the fungus Nomuraea rileyi on the larval stage of this moth. However, studies have shown that MAG secretions are necessary for the maximum stimulation of the eggs. Collins Eyewitness Handbooks, Sydney 1992, p. 257. [6], Regulation of macro nutrient input differs between males and females. was described by Guenee in 1852 ... . 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. A similar phenomenon occurred in Ma­ 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. KEY TO RECOGNIZING SPODOPTERA LITURA/LITTORALIS INTERCEPTED . T1 - Constitutive expression of Arabidopsis NPR1 confers enhanced resistance to the early instars of Spodoptera litura in transgenic tobacco. (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) under laboratory conditions. ... early instars causing skeletonization symptoms on the foliage of its host plants, late age larvae feed singly on the leaves 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. This acts as a protective layer from parasites predating on eggs. AU - Meur, Gargi. and even flowers and fruit. A similar phenomenon occurred in Ma­ Data Sheets and First to third instars generally remain on the underside surface of leaves. 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. PORTS OF ENTRY . 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). ©E. Some plant extracts have been used as a mixture to control insect pests and improve productivity. The caterpillars are an international pest Females were very efficient at converting the protein consumed into body growth and mass, reflecting the bodily requirements to produce eggs. Abstract. [bio-insecticidal activity of alpinia galanga (l.) on larval development of spodoptera litura (lepidoptera: noctuidae). 2007).The increase in area under cultivation of … [5] However, experiments have shown that high temperatures and low humidity are inversely related to fecundity. Spodoptera litura Photo: Natasha Wright, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bugwood.org, #5190079 . 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. When disturbed, the caterpillar rears up and In total, 87 species of host plants that are infested by S. litura are of economic importance. This moth is found in Asia, with some specific problematic pest population reports occurring in Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, the Pacific islands, … A successful mating that resulted in fertilized eggs led to an even longer break from sexual receptivity. [8] The only way to properly differentiate between the two is by inspecting their genitalia. Therefore, it is well suited for tropical and temperate climate regions. Spodoptera litura (F.) is an obnoxious cosmopolitan pest that causes serious damage to different economic crops. S. C. Passoa, 2014 . Butterflies and Moths, [16], "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. The hindwings are silvery white. The duration of the pupal stage in January in Melbourne Mature larvae reach 40 to 45mm in length. At lower temperatures, for example on glasshouse chrysanthemums in Europe, larv… Each individual egg is around 0.6 mm in diameter with an orange-brown or pink color. close-up of head. Spodoptera litura, otherwise known as the tobacco cutworm or cotton leafworm, is a nocturnal moth in the family Noctuidae. 1775, p. 601, No. The pheromones of When MAGs are transferred from the male to the female during copulation, it exerts a wide range of effects on female post-mating behavior. In fact, these two species are so similar that previous records that have claimed the presence of S. litura in areas such as Russia, Germany, and the UK may actually have been referring to S. [11], There is no mating activity on the first night that the moth emerges. Rao GVR, Wightman JA, Rao DVR, 1989. [5], Some external signs of pest activity that can be seen are large holes on leaves, injured stem bases, and discoloration of leaves. The moth's effects are quite disastrous, destroying economically important agricultural crops and decreasing yield in some plants completely. [1], Male accessory glands (MAGs) are a reproductive evolutionary strategy adopted by males to gain higher fertilization. Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN) have the potential to control the S. litura larvae. The stink bug Eocanthecona furcellata is a predator that uses these types of chemical signals to locate and attain prey. Spodoptera litura (F.), one of the most devastating pests in many Asian countries, is normally controlled by relying on chemical insecticides. It has also been shown that females lay significantly more eggs after a conspecific mating rather than after a heterospecific mating. Discriminating between the two species can be difficult because the larvae and adult forms look identical. is provided in the container. 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. AU - Kirti, Pulugurtha Bharadwaja. and eat nearly any herbaceous plant, including : The last instars Its common names reference two of the most frequent host plants of the moth. coming to a nightly ultra-violet light, nematodes in different larval instars of Spodoptera litura (F.). General information about Spodoptera litura (PRODLI) Name Language; cluster caterpillar: English: cotton leafworm: English: cotton worm It is one of the most economically important insect pests in many countries including India, Japan, China, and other countries of Southeast Asia and has been recorded as a cosmetic pest of sesame in Japan (unpublished observations). This has caused the rapid evolution of pesticide and insecticide resistance in S. EPPO Bulletin 45, 410โ€“444. 2012). Initially, the Caterpillars are a translucent green with a dark mark on the thorax . 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. This [5] A characteristic feature is the presence of two small spines at the tip of the abdomen that are about 0.5 mm long each. [3] Another figure shows that S. litura can decrease tobacco yield by 23–50%. 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. ), Myzus persicae (Sulz.) EPPO code. MAGs contain many different kinds of molecules including carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins. 300 economic crops in dozens of countries. on the underside of a leaf of a foodplant. This ranking characterizes Spodoptera litura as quarantine significant for the U.S. Larval diagnosis (Detailed) The larva of S. litura, usually called the rice cutworm โ€ฆ Spodoptera litura (F.) is an obnoxious cosmopolitan pest that causes serious damage to different economic crops. The spread of this pest has led to the continuous usage of insecticides on crops. This Control of Spodoptera littoralis (Boisd. Late-instar larvae were found to feed preferentially on mature teak leaves, whilst early instars fed on leaves of intermediate age. Previous experiments have already shown that mating reduces the lifespan of female S. litura. Spodoptera litura larvae generally pass through six instars. S. C. Passoa, 2014 . [2] The range of S. litura has also extended into non-indigenous regions through international trade. The nuclear polyhedrosis virus (NPV) isolate of S. litura (V-SpltNPV) was isolated from infected larvae in a cotton โ€ฆ The older larvae are night-feeders and are usually found in the soil around the base of plants during the day. (written 15 August 1996, updated 21 February 2018, 28 September 2019, 15 July 2020), Hunter Region School of Photography in Newcastle. During copulation, males transfer a mean of 1,052,640 sperm per mating. Gargi Meur, Madhusudhan Budatha, Tantravahi Srinivasan, Koppolu Raja Rajesh Kumar, Aparna Dutta Gupta, Pulugurtha Bharadwaja Kirti. Damage to banana by an unknown insect in Cook Islands. 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. [1] This night marks the maximum activity. Body utilization of the macro nutrients differed as well. The forewings are patterned with dark gray, red, and brown colors. down the back: one in the middle and one each side. 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. The pupal weights were essentially similar in spite of different instar numbers. [11] The second night, however, accounts for about 70% of the matings. To clarify the types, number, and distribution of sensilla on the head of the fifth instar Spodoptera litura (Fabricius) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) larvae and identify the main sensilla of azadirachtin acting on larvae, scanning electron microscopy was used to study the morphology of the head and sensilla on … Mass-rearing of Spodoptera litura larvae using local artificial diet with tap water as a diluent's was successfully established. Spodoptera litura (F.) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) has a worldwide distribution, can migrate long distances, and has a high reproductive rate (Shad et al. [8], Due to its presence in many important crops in agriculture, pesticides are always being applied on the species throughout the year. Therefore, recent research studies have focused on other biological ways to effectively control these pests. 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. 64-2, four isolates of S. carpocapsae (Weiser), S. longicaudum (Shen & Wang) X-7, and two isolates of H. indica (Poinar, โ€ฆ Rao GVR, Wightman JA, Rao DVR, 1989. 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 lowest pupation rate (89.32 %), adult emergence, the longevity of adults and fecundity was recorded in ridomil treated larvae. Potential Impact: High. and a conspicuous row of dark triangles decorate each side of the back. for several centimetres and there pupates without a cocoon. [5], 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. 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. pick off leaves with egg masses on them. Common names. [6], Adult moths are on average 15–20 mm long and have a total wingspan of 30–38 mm. This phenomenon may also be a result of the mechanical stimulation of male genitalia during copulation. Present address: Department of Pharmacology, University of … [5], There are many ways the predators can locate its prey. and the numbers totalled for each month of the year : These indicate that there is only one brood a year in that area. [14], Heterospecific matings can be expected for phylogenetically closely related species with adjacent distribution, as is the case for S. litura and S. littoralis. The eggs of this species are normally laid in an irregular furry mass These reproductive activities include calling, courtship, mating, and oviposition. These include different species of parasites that specifically target either the egg, larval, or pupal stage. Younger larvae tend to be a lighter green while older ones develop to a dark green or brown color. Therefore, there is a strong selection for correct mate recognition signals that maximize reproductive fitness. Later, as they grow, they eat whole leaves, to the spiral with the head protected in the centre. 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 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. where they will cause no concern. 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. this species have been elucidated. AU - Rajesh Kumar, Koppolu Raja. Initially, the Caterpillars are a translucent green with a dark mark on the School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 500046, India. are very dark, with four prominent yellow Se reporta por primera vez a S. litura atacando en un vivero de cítricos (Sapindales: Rutaceae) en la región de Sargodha, Pakistán. Fecundity is reduced by low humidity. AT U.S. [2] When laid, the egg batches are covered with hair scales provided by the female, which gives off a golden brown color. Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art, Mass-rearing of Spodoptera litura larvae using local artificial diet with tap water as a diluent's was successfully established. These eggs are laid on the surface of leaves in big batches, with each cluster usually containing several hundred eggs. 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. However, adult moths can fly up to a distance of 1.5 km for a total duration of 4 hours. Spodoptera litura larvae are polyphagous insects that have become a significant pest in recent years. Fifteen EPN isolates were screened, and Steinernema sp. When tested in the field, there was a very high larvae mortality of 88–97% 19 days after application of the fungal solution. During the day, they can usually be found in the soil around the plant. The body is a gray-brown color. The reasons for this are still not fully known. [5], Larvae body length ranges from 2.3 to 32 mm. [9] However, its natural range extends from the Oriental and Australasian areas to parts of the Palearctic region as well. Spodoptera litura (Fabricius) is a cosmopolitan polyphagous insect pest of many food crops and tobacco. AU - Budatha, Madhusudhan. PORTS OF ENTRY . The orbicular spot on the forewing is also more pronounced in the males. AU - Dutta Gupta, Aparna. Integrated Management of Spodoptera litura: A Review Kuldeep Srivastava1*, Devinder Sharma2, ... of 1st and 3rd instars larvae after 24 and 72 hrs. of sand Long periods of starvation in the 3rd- and 4th-larval instars induced higher proportions of extra ecdyses, up to 100%. 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. Ian F.B. This helps disperse the moths into new habitats and onto different host plants as food sources are depleted. 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. and Tetranychus urticae (Koch) by cold storage and fumigation. EPPO (2015) PM 7/124 (1) Spodoptera littoralis, Spodoptera litura, Spodoptera frugiperda, Spodoptera eridania. If further disturbed, it curls into a tight as they reduce the parasite and predator populations next year: PM 7/124 (1) Spodoptera littoralis, S. litura, S. frugiperda, S. eridania 411 ª 2015 OEPP/EPPO, Bulletin OEPP/EPPO Bulletin 45, 410โ€“444 transported or stored in cool conditions. ), Myzus persicae (Sulz.) Constitutive expression of Arabidopsis NPR1 confers enhanced resistance to the early instars of Spodoptera litura in transgenic tobacco Gargi Meur. [15], S. litura has over 112 host species belonging to over 40 plant families, making the species highly polyphagous. KEY TO RECOGNIZING SPODOPTERA LITURA/LITTORALIS INTERCEPTED . Systema Entomologiae, Early instars (<3rd) are likely to be found on the underside of leaves. [13], So far there are a reported 131 species of natural enemies that prey on S. litura at different points in their life cycle. Larvae develop through six instars in 15-23 days at 25-26 °C. Abstract. EPPO Bulletin 48, 330โ€“349. 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