Why in news?
- Recently the outbreak of Fall Armyworm has affected
maize cultivation in 122 villages of Mizoram.
More on news:
- These flying insects arrived in India in July and have since spread to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar,
Thailand and China’s Yunnan province.
- These insects feed mostly on maize and can feed on several species of crops, including rice and sugarcane.
- The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has expressed concerns over the increasing menace of
Crop-damaging armyworms in Asia.
About Fall Armyworm:
- The fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) is a species in the order of Lepidoptera and is the larval life stage of a fall armyworm moth.
- The term “armyworm” can refer to several species, often describing the large-scale invasive behavior of the species’ larval stage.
- It is regarded as a pest and can damage and destroy a wide variety of crops, which causes large economic damage.
- Because of its propensity for destruction, the fall armyworm’s habits and possibilities for crop protection have been studied in depth.
- Armyworms which are native to the Americas have been moving eastwards since 2016 sweeping across Africa where they caused $1-3 billion in damage, before arriving in Asia.ODISHA’S WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES RAVAGED