Armyworm Network is a free website that provides up to date information on the African armyworm (Spodoptera exempta), an important pest of cereal crops and pasture grasses in sub-Saharan Africa.
Resources available on this website include the latest armyworm forecasts, press reports of armyworm outbreaks, photos, videos, publications, and lots of useful information on the biology, ecology and control of this important African crop pest.
What is the African
armyworm? The African armyworm moth, Spodoptera exempta is one of the most devastating crop pests in eastern Africa. Like the infamous desert locust it is highly migratory and outbreaks are difficult to predict.
- Biological control African armyworms play host to a highly specific baculovirus: SpexNPV. Ongoing research on the biology, ecology and genetics of SpexNPV is investigating its potential as a microbial pesticide.
project The consortial African Armyworm Baculovirus Project has partners in the UK and Tanzania. It investigates the interaction between armyworm and SpexNPV, hoping to develop an Africa-wide strategic control system.
- News The latest new and videos on armyweb research
- Forecasts Up-to-date forecasts of armyweb outbreaks in Africa
- Press reports Armyworm news and research in the press
- Publications Selected publications around armyweb research
- Contact us How to get in touch
SYNOPSIS: African armyworm outbreaks were not reported in most of the IRLCO-CSA or DLCO-EA member states.
Tue 07 April 2015
SYNOPSIS: There were no reports of African armyworm (Spodoptera exempta Walker) outbreaks from any Member State.
Thu 02 April 2015
SYNOPSIS: African armyworm outbreaks reported in southern TANZANIA and MOZAMBIQUE. New outbreaks are forecast for central outbreak areas in TANZANIA and KENYA.
Fri 06 March 2015
SYNOPSIS: African armyworm (Spodoptera exempta Walker) outbreaks occurred in Sofala, Manica and Tete Provinces of MOZAMBIQUE. Crops attacked included rice, maize, Sorghum and grass pasture.
Wed 04 March 2015