(Photo: courtesy of Harold McQueen , Goodna, Queensland) Later instars are smooth-skinned with a pattern of red, yellow, and green lines, and with a dark patch on the mesothorax. The rice-cotton cutworm •Generalist plant-feeding moth. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 61:235-240. Development of Microplitis bicoloratus on Spodoptera litura and implications for biological control Kaijun LUO1,2, John T. TRUMBLE3 and Yi PANG1,* 1State Key Laboratory of Biocontrol & Institute of Entomology, Sun Yat-Sen (Zhongshan) University, Guangzhou, 510275, P.R. Y1 - 2008/8/1 was described by Guenee in 1852 ... . [2] When laid, the egg batches are covered with hair scales provided by the female, which gives off a golden brown color. Younger larvae tend to be a lighter green while older ones develop to a dark green or brown color. In total, 87 species of host plants that are infested by S. litura are of economic importance. of each forewing. triangles on the The efficacy of the entomopathogenic fungus, Metarhizium anisopliae, was assessed through applying different conidiospore concentrations of a local isolate against third and fifth larval instars of the cotton leafworm, Spodoptera littoralis (Boisd.) The number of instars that the insect completed varied as diet and temperature were changed. The body is a gray-brown color. Spodoptera litura underwent the holometabolous type of development and the studies on biology of S. litura indicated that on an average female moth laid 200-250 eggs in her life span. to the These eggs are laid on the surface of leaves in big batches, with each cluster usually containing several hundred eggs. and Tetranychus urticae (Koch) by cold storage and fumigation. The hindwings are silvery white. [8], Due to its presence in many important crops in agriculture, pesticides are always being applied on the species throughout the year. The effects of diet and temperature on instar numbers and head capsule width in Spodoptera litura F. were compared among individuals reared on an artificial diet, lettuce and perilla leaves at 25 and 30. of sand The nuclear polyhedrosis virus (NPV) isolate of S. litura (V-SpltNPV) was isolated from infected larvae in a cotton … S. C. Passoa, 2014 . These two species are hard to discriminate between because the larvae and adult forms are identical. The most commonly reported viruses are nuclear polyhedrosis viruses and granulosis viruses. Larvae that survived sublethal infection of Spodoptera litura granulovirus (SlGV) as 4th and 5th instars led to an increase in the larval period of treated larvae when compared with control. In this study, both eggs and larvae were susceptible, and the mortality rate ranged from 50% to 100% depending on the stage of the larvae. This helps disperse the moths into new habitats and onto different host plants as food sources are depleted. The larva is variable in color based on age. Fredon Corse, (2014) La noctuelle méditerranéenne. Larvae develop through six instars in 15-23 days at 25-26 °C. Males usually go out to find females during mating season, so the lipid deposits are thought to be energy reserves that will help the males in preparation for the migration. Spodoptera litura Scientific Name Spodoptera litura Fabricius Synonyms: Mamestra albisparsa, Noctua elata, Noctua histrionica, Noctua litura, ... First to third instars generally remain on the underside surface of leaves. [5], S. litura is the most common in South Asia. The spread of this pest has led to the continuous usage of insecticides on crops. pick off leaves with egg masses on them. Fifteen EPN isolates were screened, and Steinernema sp. Early instars (<3rd) are likely to be found on the underside of leaves. [6] The countries with the most widespread population of S. litura include but are not limited to China, Indonesia, India, Japan, and Malaysia. The reasons for this are still not fully known. The duration of egg, larvae, and pupa lasted for an average of 5.0±0.00 days, 15.45±1.14 and 9.37±1.37 days. [2] The range of S. litura has also extended into non-indigenous regions through international trade. Spodoptera litura (Fabricius) is a cosmopolitan polyphagous insect pest ofmanyfood crops and tobacco. This [1], Mating also has an effect on stimulating egg production and ovulation. coming to a nightly ultra-violet light, School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 500046, India. Experiments have shown that females exposed to MAGs do not engage in mating call behavior the night they are exposed to the secretion. Newly hatched larvae can be found by looking for scratch marks on leaf surfaces. Potential Impact: High. 2014). Integrated Management of Spodoptera litura: A Review Kuldeep Srivastava1*, Devinder Sharma2, ... of 1st and 3rd instars larvae after 24 and 72 hrs. [6], Adult moths are on average 15–20 mm long and have a total wingspan of 30–38 mm. 2012). It is important to note that this result is different from previous studies on other insect species. Fifteen EPN isolates were screened, and Steinernema sp. Spodoptera litura larvae generally pass through six instars. Neering Females have a typical fecundity of 2000 to 2600 eggs. The hindwings are grayish-white with a gray outline. This ©E. this species have been elucidated. The tropical armyworm, Spodoptera litura Fabricius (Noctuidae; Lepidoptera), is among the most harmful pests causing economic loss in the quality and production of a variety of crops, particularly cotton. Initially the caterpillars only eat the flesh of their Between 2 and 5 days after emergence, females lay 1000-2000 eggs in egg masses of 100-300 underneath leaves and covered with brown scales from the body of the mother. PM 7/124 (1) Spodoptera littoralis, S. litura, S. frugiperda, S. eridania 411 ª 2015 OEPP/EPPO, Bulletin OEPP/EPPO Bulletin 45, 410โ€“444 transported or stored in cool conditions. 1775, p. 601, No. and even flowers and fruit. Mature larvae reach 40 to 45mm in length. The fourth to sixth instars drop onto the ground, root around to loosen the surface of the soil, and bite out soil particles to form a clay cell or cocoon in which to pupate (Chari and Patel, 1983). so are not a long term solution. It will pupate successfully if 0.5 cm. [8] Because S. litura acts as a pest on many different kinds of agricultural crops, its presence can cause economic losses in regions where these crops are cultivated. AU - Budatha, Madhusudhan. Some plant extracts have been used as a mixture to control insect pests and improve productivity. curls its head under its body. It has also been shown that females lay significantly more eggs after a conspecific mating rather than after a heterospecific mating. AU - Srinivasan, Tantravahi. Long periods of starvation in the 3rd- and 4th-larval instars induced higher proportions of extra ecdyses, up to 100%. Genus Spodoptera. The question was, what could have made the holes. Pumchan A, Puangsomchit A, Temyarasilp P, Pluempanupat W, Bullangpoti V. The aim of the study was to assess the bio-efficacy of four Alpinia galanga rhizome crude extracts against the second and third instars of Spodoptera litura, an important field pest. A similar phenomenon occurred in Ma­ When disturbed, the caterpillar rears up and The eggs hatch in about 4 days in warm conditions, or up to 11- 12 days in winter. apex This ranking characterizes Spodoptera litura as quarantine significant for the U.S. Larval diagnosis (Detailed) The larva of S. litura, usually called the rice cutworm โ€ฆ (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) under laboratory conditions. [bio-insecticidal activity of alpinia galanga (l.) on larval development of spodoptera litura (lepidoptera: noctuidae). The moth Spodoptera cosmioides (Walker, 1858) is a native polyphagous crop pest in South America ().The species used to be considered a synonym of S. latifascia (Walker, 1856) (e.g., Poole 1989) until Silvian & Lalanne-Cassou (1997) demonstrated that the two species are distinct, based on molecular, morphological, physiologic and pheromone characters. These reproductive activities include calling, courtship, mating, and oviposition. Abstract. The last instars are darker brown larvae which have four yellow triangles on the mesothorax. As in most other parts of the tropic, these armyworms are subjected to a disease caused by a Spodoptera litura nucleopolyhedrovirus (SpltNPV) infection in the field (Kalshoven 1981). nematodes in different larval instars of Spodoptera litura (F.). Buck Richardson, [1] This night marks the maximum activity. [12] Since S. litura is a nocturnal moth, all reproductive activities occur during the scotophase (dark phase). Its prey locating behavior is activated when exposed to two chemical compounds released by S. litura larvae. Johan Christian Fabricius, In fact, these two species are so similar that previous records that have claimed the presence of S. litura in areas such as Russia, Germany, and the UK may actually have been referring to S. Integrated Management of Spodoptera litura: A Review Kuldeep Srivastava1*, Devinder Sharma2, ... of 1st and 3rd instars larvae after 24 and 72 hrs. 50. Spodoptera littoralis and Spodoptera litura. Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art, Spodoptera litura. AT U.S. Systema Entomologiae, [14], Heterospecific matings can be expected for phylogenetically closely related species with adjacent distribution, as is the case for S. litura and S. littoralis. However, studies have shown that MAG secretions are necessary for the maximum stimulation of the eggs. Se reporta por primera vez a S. litura atacando en un vivero de cítricos (Sapindales: Rutaceae) en la región de Sargodha, Pakistán. It is one of the most economically important insect pests in many countries including India, Japan, China, and other countries of Southeast Asia and has been recorded as a cosmetic pest of sesame in Japan (unpublished observations). The pheromones of [1], Male accessory glands (MAGs) are a reproductive evolutionary strategy adopted by males to gain higher fertilization. Mass-rearing of Spodoptera litura larvae using local artificial diet with tap water as a diluent's was successfully established. KEY TO RECOGNIZING SPODOPTERA LITURA/LITTORALIS INTERCEPTED . The lowest pupation rate (89.32 %), adult emergence, the longevity of adults and fecundity was recorded in ridomil treated larvae. The nuclear polyhedrosis virus (NPV) isolate of S. litura (V-SpltNPV) was isolated from infected larvae in a cotton โ€ฆ as they reduce the parasite and predator populations next year: Biology, morphometrics and geometrical progression of Spodoptera litura was studied by rearing S. litura under laboratory conditions during 2017. As it does so, it produces a quantity of fluid, and will drown Common, Similar damage was reported on Canna indica and Heliconia. A successful mating that resulted in fertilized eggs led to an even longer break from sexual receptivity. is three weeks, but caterpillars that pupate at the end Males, on the other hand, were more efficient at depositing lipid from ingested carbohydrates. of summer emerge the following spring. AU - Dutta Gupta, Aparna. middle line on top. Data Sheets and Early instar larvae of the tobacco cutworm Spodoptera litura (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) and the beet armyworm Spodoptera exigua (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) are recognized hosts of the parasitic wasp Microplitis prodeniae Rao and Kurian (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), although M. prodeniae has previously been regarded as monophagous. Spodoptera litura (F.), one of the most devastating pests in many Asian countries, is normally controlled by relying on chemical insecticides. Some plant extracts have been used as a mixture to control insect pests and improve productivity. Diet incorporation of NPV [nucleopolyhedrovirus] WP [wettable powder] at the rate of 50g per artificial diet preparation with 3.5% x 10 sup* PIB s/g [Ppolyhedral-inclusion bodies] was determined to be the ideal concentration for NPV mass production. down the back: one in the middle and one each side. Some common host plants include but are not limited to: tobacco, cotton, soybean, beet, cabbage, and chickpeas. and a conspicuous row of dark triangles decorate each side of the back. The older larvae are night-feeders and are usually found in the soil around the base of plants during the day. First to third instars generally remain on the underside surface of leaves. S. C. Passoa, 2014 . Gargi Meur, Madhusudhan Budatha, Tantravahi Srinivasan, Koppolu Raja Rajesh Kumar, Aparna Dutta Gupta, Pulugurtha Bharadwaja Kirti. [10] The lower and upper limits of habitable temperatures are 10 °C and 37 °C, respectively. In S. littoralis, the ductus and ostium bursae are the same lengths while in S. litura, they are of different lengths. Each generation lasts about a month, but temperature causes slight variations: life cycles in the winter tend to be slightly more than one month, and life cycles in the summer tend to be less than a full month. 64-2, four isolates of S. carpocapsae (Weiser), S. longicaudum (Shen & Wang) X-7, and two isolates of H. indica (Poinar, โ€ฆ Spodoptera litura (F.), an important polyphagous insect pest, attacks ca. [13] In moth species, pheromones are produced by the females by pheromone glands and are released to attract males of their own species. Spodoptera litura (F.) is an obnoxious cosmopolitan pest that causes serious damage to different economic crops. third instar. Chitinase-producing bacteria were isolated from diseased insect [Pieris brassicae Linnaeus (Lepidoptera: Pieridae) and Spodoptera litura Fabricius (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)] cadavers.Serratia marcescens strain SEN showed highest enzyme production at temperature 27 °C and pH 9.0 and was selected for further studies. Spodoptera litura (F.) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) has a worldwide distribution, can migrate long distances, and has a high reproductive rate (Shad et al. Various other methods of control have been investigated : The species occurs across south-east Asia and the Pacific, including: In Sydney, New South Wales, counts were made of the number of adults The caterpillars are an international pest In total, 87 species of host plants that are infested by S. litura are of economic importance. and with a dark patch on the mesothorax. Investigations into its growth and development performance on different host plants can provide an understanding of the potential for increase of S. litura population in the field. Spodoptera litura. T1 - Constitutive expression of Arabidopsis NPR1 confers enhanced resistance to the early instars of Spodoptera litura in transgenic tobacco. Several possible explanations include physical injuries from the male genitalia or the male accessory gland secretions that force females to commit more resources to reproduction instead of on herself. Egg masses are 4–7 mm in total diameter, and eggs will hatch 2–3 days after being laid. thorax. With calling suppressed, pheromone concentration builds up in the body of mated females. The spread of this pest has led to the continuous usage of insecticides on crops. It was found that spraying a solution of this fungus on larvae in a laboratory setting has led to effective control of the late second and early third instar stages of the larvae on castor crops. Each individual egg is around 0.6 mm in diameter with an orange-brown or pink color. The males but not the females have a blue-grey band from the It has been found that higher amounts of pheromones are released during scotophase (dark period) and that lower levels are released during photophase (light period). Rao GVR, Wightman JA, Rao DVR, 1989. 48.20, 55.14, pp. Females mate an average of 3.1 times while the males have a mating average of 10.3. Inspecting the genitalia is the most certain way to tell the two species apart. The orbicular spot on the forewing is also more pronounced in the males. [2] The species parasitize the plants through the larvae vigorous eating patterns, oftentimes leaving the leaves completely destroyed. The pupa is typically 15–20 mm long, and its color is red-brown. Discriminating between the two species can be difficult because the larvae and adult forms look identical. When MAGs are transferred from the male to the female during copulation, it exerts a wide range of effects on female post-mating behavior. close-up of head. on the underside of a leaf of a foodplant. [5], There are slight but obvious differences in morphology between males and females of S. litura that allow for the easy differentiation of the two sexes. The identity of these predators vary depending on the region being studied. The larvae also have no hair. School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 500046, India. the best control is to pick the caterpillars off [5] Since both species are polyphagous, taking note of the host plant is not helpful in correct identification. The pupal weights were essentially similar in spite of different instar numbers. [11] Eggs during mating are laid in a cluster covered with hair from the female's abdomen. To clarify the types, number, and distribution of sensilla on the head of the fifth instar Spodoptera litura (Fabricius) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) larvae and identify the main sensilla of azadirachtin acting on larvae, scanning electron microscopy was used to study the morphology of the head and sensilla on … Previous experiments have already shown that mating reduces the lifespan of female S. litura. Initially, the Caterpillars are a translucent green with a dark mark on the thorax . At lower temperatures, for example on glasshouse chrysanthemums in Europe, larv… for several centimetres and there pupates without a cocoon. Body utilization of the macro nutrients differed as well. Spodoptera litura larvae are polyphagous insects that have become a significant pest in recent years. S. litura is a serious polyphagous pest in Asia, Oceania, and the Indian subcontinent that was first described by Johan Christian Fabriciusin 1775. Rao GVR, Wightman JA, Rao DVR, 1989. Entomopathogens play an important role in insect pest management. PORTS OF ENTRY . ... instars in about 13 days After the mature larval stage, pupation takes place. Melbourne University Press, 1990, figs. The Oriental leaf worm moth, Spodoptera litura (F.) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) is a serious polyphagous and cosmopolitan insect pest of cash crops, vegetable and ornamentals (Senthil-Nathan and Kalaivani, 2005).In Pakistan, S. litura causes heavy losses in various regions such as the northern and southern districts of Punjab (Ahmad et al. Therefore, it is well suited for tropical and temperate climate regions. The caterpillars become brown with three thin yellow lines These include different species of parasites that specifically target either the egg, larval, or pupal stage. Spodoptera litura is a notorious leaf feeding insect pest of more than one hundred plants around the Asia-Pacific region. with a pattern of red, yellow, and green lines, [5] For example, in Karnataka, a granulosis virus was found in dead S. litura larvae. AU - Rajesh Kumar, Koppolu Raja. Constitutive expression of Arabidopsis NPR1 confers enhanced resistance to the early instars of Spodoptera litura in transgenic tobacco Gargi Meur. Male forewing length is 14–17 mm while female forewing length is slightly larger and measures 15–18 mm. The tropical armyworm, Spodoptera litura Fabricius (Noctuidae; Lepidoptera), is among the most harmful pests causing economic loss in the quality and production of a variety of crops, particularly cotton. 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