Photo 2. As the caterpillars of Spodoptera litura enlarge they eat deeper into the leaf; in this photo they have eaten the top surface of the leaf.
Photo 3. Caterpillars of Spodoptera litura have eaten through the leaf of Alocasia macrorrhizos, from the under surface, leaving the top waxy layer.
Taro cluster caterpillar, taro armyworm, tobacco cutworm, tropical armyworm
AUTHORS Helen Tsatsia & Grahame Jackson
Photo 2 S Kumar, Secretariat of the Pacific Community. Photo 5 Wikipedia. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spodoptera_litura). Photos 6-8 Mani Mua, SPC, Sigatoka Research Station, Fiji.
Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project PC/2010/090: Strengthening integrated crop management research in the Pacific Islands in support of sustainable intensification of high-value crop production, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
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