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larva, or caterpillar, of a moth, Pseudaletia unipuncta or Mythimna unipuncta, found in North America E of the Rocky Mts.; also known as the common, or true, armyworm. When numerous, armyworms move in hordes, traveling by night and devouring grasses, young grains, and some leguminous crops. The full-grown larva is about 2 in. (5 cm) long, dark gray with yellow and green stripes. There are usually two generations in a season, the larvae hatching from eggs in late spring and again in late summer. Pupation (see insectinsect,
invertebrate animal of the class Insecta of the phylum Arthropoda. Like other arthropods, an insect has a hard outer covering, or exoskeleton, a segmented body, and jointed legs. Adult insects typically have wings and are the only flying invertebrates.
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) is underground. The moth is grayish brown with a white spot on each fore wing. Armyworms are sometimes serious pests, especially in the second generation of the summer, which occurs when corn and wheat are maturing. Control methods include the use of poisoned bait and the digging of ditches and holes as traps. The armyworm can also be controlled by toxaphene insecticide, but this chemical is prohibited in most states. The caterpillars of several other moth species that form similar hordes and can be serious pests are also known as armyworms. The fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, of E and central North America and South America is also a serious pest in Africa, where it is typically more destructive than the African armyworm, Spodoptera exempta, in part because it can have six generations in a growing season. The armyworm species are classified in the phylum ArthropodaArthropoda
[Gr.,=jointed feet], largest and most diverse animal phylum. The arthropods include crustaceans, insects, centipedes, millipedes, spiders, scorpions, and the extinct trilobites.
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, class Insecta, order Lepidoptera, family Noctuidae.



the larva of the fungus gnat Sciara militaris of the order Diptera. The white body consists of 12 segments and reaches a length of 7 mm. The head is black. The armyworm lives in mushrooms, under the bark of rotting stumps and trees, and in decomposing vegetables and fallen leaves. When there is a shortage of food, the larvae sometimes form dense ribbon-shaped masses, reaching a length of 4.5 m and a width of 7.5 cm. The adult gnat is 3‣4.5 mm long. The males are black, and the females are black with yellowish stripes along their sides.


(invertebrate zoology)
Any of the larvae of certain species of noctuid moths composing the family Phalaenidae; economically important pests of corn and other grasses.
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McNeil of Universite Laval in Sainte-Foy, Quebec, wanted to know if the same chemical, called juvenile hormone, that controls migration and ovary development in many insects might be responsible for the armyworm moth's release of pheromone and the behavior patterns, termed "calling," associated with this release.
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There is a lot of anecdotal evidence about what attracts the beet armyworm to particular plants and fields.
Several companies produce lures to attract fall armyworm, however, these lures also attract large numbers of nontarget Lepidoptera which complicates species identification and counting of individuals (Adams et al.
In laboratory bioassays, BB-1200 consistently exhibited virulence equal to or greater than the GHA strain against all lepidopteran pests tested, including fall armyworm, beet armyworm, black cutworm, corn borer, and cabbage looper--pests that are not highly susceptible to the GHA strain, according to ARS ecologist Stephen P.
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This research builds on previous findings that beet armyworm caterpillars elicit a chemical SOS response in plants.