Quickscan Spodoptera latifascia
This Quickscan for Spodoptera latifascia was made after the interception of one male adult in a lot of plants for planting of Areca sp. from Honduras. No immature stages nor damage was observed on the plants after intensive examination and the adult was probably a hitchhiker and the only specimen in the plant lot. The species is present in Central America, the Caribbean and southern USA. It is considered a pest in various crops in tropical parts of its current area of distribution but no or only an occasional pest in southern USA. Therefore, the risk of the species seems low for outdoor grown crops in the EU. The risk for greenhouse grown crops in the EU is uncertain. No reports are known on damage in greenhouses.
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