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 from any IRLCO-CSA Member countries. Armyworm season in the region commences with onset of the rains in October/November. Servicing of pheromone traps in Member countries is in progress.
Mon 05 October 2015
BBC Earth: From locust swarms 110 miles long to armies of caterpillars (African armyworms) these plagues are what happens when a species runs rampant.
Fri 11 September 2015
Wed 09 September 2015
SYNOPSIS: There were no reports of Armyworm, Spodoptera exempta Walker, outbreaks in any Member countriy. Member Countries are advised to commence servicing their pheromone traps in preparation for the start of the armyworm outbreak season expected in November/December.
Thu 03 September 2015