An agricultural pest insect that was native to Southeast Asia, which has spread globally and now infests crops in all regions with temperate climates
Life cycle S exigua undergoes multiple generations per season; adults lay eggs on the lower sections of host plants, which the hatching larvae completely consume, leaving only the roots and leaf veins.
Host plants Vegetables, grasses, weeds, flowering plants, and other commercial crops, including cotton and tobacco
Economic impact S exigua is regarded as one of the worst agricultural pests worldwide
Synonyms Beet armyworm, small mottled willow moth