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: No significant outbreaks reported during this period; activities are expected to have started at the foothills of the seasonal rains in the southern outbreak region.
Wed 03 December 2014
SYNOPSIS: The African Armyworm, Spodoptera exempta Walker, outbreak season commenced with the start of seasonal rains in most Member Countries. However there were no reports of outbreaks from any Member country during November. Monitoring of armyworm moths using pheromone traps commenced in most Member countries.
Wed 03 December 2014
SYNOPSIS: No outbreaks reported during this period; new outbreaks expected when the rains begin in southern outbreak areas at the foothills of the seasonal rains.
Thu 06 November 2014
SYNOPSIS: There were no reports of African Armyworm (Spodoptera exempta Walker) outbreaks received from any of the IRLCO-CSA Member Countries. Most Member countries have started servicing pheromone traps in preparation for monitoring moths’ movements and development of outbreaks.
Wed 05 November 2014