How to Manage Pests

UC Pest Management Guidelines

Citrus

Beet Armyworm

Scientific Name: Spodoptera exigua

(Reviewed 9/08, updated 9/08)

In this Guideline:


Description of the Pest

Larvae of the beet armyworm are dull green caterpillars with many fine, wavy, light-colored stripes down the back and a broader stripe along each side. They usually, but not always, have a dark spot on the side of the thorax above the second true leg. The adult is a small, mottled gray or dusky-winged moth. Females lay pale greenish or pinkish striated eggs in masses that are covered with white, cottony material.

Damage

Beet armyworm is occasionally found on citrus feeding on foliage, but it rarely causes economic damage.

Management

As a minor pest of citrus, beet armyworm is rarely treated, in part because of natural enemies such as Hyposoter exiguae.

PUBLICATION

[UC Peer Reviewed]

UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines: Citrus
UC ANR Publication 3441

Insects, Mites, and Snails

  • E. E. Grafton-Cardwell, Entomology, UC Riverside and Kearney Agricultural Center, Parlier
  • J. G. Morse, Entomology, UC Riverside
  • N. V. O'Connell, UC Cooperative Extension, Tulare County
  • P. A. Phillips (emeritus), UC IPM Program, UC Cooperative Extension, Ventura County
  • C. E. Kallsen, UC Cooperative Extension, Kern County
  • D. R. Haviland, UC Cooperative Extension, Kern County
Acknowledgments for contributions to Insect, Mites, and Snails:
  • J. Barcinas, E.S.I., Corona, CA
  • R. Dunn, Badger Farming Co., Exeter, CA
  • J. Gorden, Pest Management Associates, Exeter, CA
  • H. Griffiths, E.S.I., Corona, CA
  • D. Machlitt, Consulting Entomology Services, Moorpark, CA
  • C. Musgrove, retired entomologist, Riverside, CA
  • K. Olsen, S & J Ranch, Pinedale, CA
  • T. Roberts, E.S.I., Corona, CA
  • T. Shea, UC Cooperative Extension, Riverside County
  • J. Stewart, Pest Management Associates, Exeter, CA
  • P. Washburn, Washburn & Sons Citrus Pest Control, Riverside, CA

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