Species Facts:

Egyptian Cottonworm, Spodoptera littoralis, is a polyphagous pest that poses a high degree of risk to US agriculture and ecosystems. In a pathway-initiated risk assessment, this insect was judged highly likely of establishing in the US should it be introduced; the consequences of its establishment were considered severe (Lightfield 1997). In a pest-specific risk assessment, Fowler and Lakin (2001) concluded that if this pest were introduced it would be highly likely of encountering a suitable climate and hosts in much of the US and causing severe economic and environmental consequences.

Portions of this article courtesy of: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Image of Egyptian Cottonworm (Photo from: www.bugwood.org Credit to: Bernard Fransen)