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: There were no reports of African Armyworm (Spodoptera exempta Walker) outbreaks received from any of the IRLCO-CSA Member Countries. The IRLCO-CSA region is likely to be free from Armyworm outbreaks.
Thu 03 July 2014
SYNOPSIS: Small-scale outbreaks detected in ETHIOPIA in May. Further outbreaks expected central and northern ETHIOPIA, southern ERITREA, possibly KENYA and TANZANIA.
Mon 09 June 2014
SYNOPSIS: There were no reports of African Armyworm (Spodoptera exempta Walker) outbreaks received from any of the IRLCO-CSA Member Countries. Armyworm season has ended in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe; it may continue in Kenya and northern Tanzania.
Wed 04 June 2014
SYNOPSIS: Outbreaks continue in TANZANIA and KENYA. Further outbreaks expected northern TANZANIA, KENYA and possibly southern ETHIOPIA.
Mon 05 May 2014