Fact 1: Spodoptera has been identified as
one of several potential plant diseases that an agroterrorist
might attempt to use to cause an intentional plant biosecurity
outbreak in our country. They are eminently portable. Various Spodoptera species are regularly intercepted on the clothing of international travelers on in international shipments.
Fact 2: Spodoptera feed on a wide range of agriculturally important crops throughout the entire year and are extremely resistant to pesticides. According to the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization, "Spodoptera litura is an extremely serious pest, the larvae of which can defoliate many economically important crops."
Data Sheet on Quarantine Pests: Spodoptera littoralis and Spodoptera litura
Fact 3: Spodoptera is on the EPPO‘s “A1“ list of “Pest Recommended for Regulation as Quarantine Pests.” The area represented by EPPO and the United States are virtually the only global areas where the pest has not yet established a stronghold, with Africa, the Middle East, Central and South America, and Mexico having a history of combatting Spodoptera.