Fall Armyworm – information for central Queensland landholders

Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) is an exotic pest that has been detected in Queensland. Known to feed on more than 350 plant species (including maize, cotton, rice, sorghum, sugarcane, wheat, and many vegetable and fruit crops) the worm has caused significant economic losses overseas.

The Queensland Government’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries are currently alerting Queensland landholders to be on the lookout for any signs of the worm. Any sightings or suspecting sightings should be reported to 13 25 23.

Fact Sheets

Pasture Fact Sheet Cotton Fact Sheet Wheat Fact Sheet Vegetables Fact Sheet Maize Fact Sheet Sorghum Fact Sheet Sweetcorn Fact Sheet Sugarcane Fact Sheet

To learn more about fall armyworm visit – https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/farms-fishing-forestry/agriculture/crop-growing/priority-pest-disease/fall-armyworm

Images courtesy from the QLD Government
Left – Fall armyworm larva feeding on maize. Right Fall armyworm larva in leaf