fall armyworm

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Definition of fall armyworm 

: a migratory American noctuid moth (Spodoptera frugiperda) that is destructive to grains and grasses as a larva

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Corn + Beans The beans attract beneficial insects that prey on corn pests such as leafhoppers, fall armyworms and leaf beetles. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "26 Plants You Should Always Grow Side-By-Side," 3 Feb. 2017 When just a hungry caterpillar, the fall armyworm will happily munch on more than 80 plant species. The Economist, "An army of worms is invading Africa," 18 Jan. 2018 There are reports that the fall armyworm has also reached Malawi, Mozambique and Namibia. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Very, Very Hungry Caterpillar Is Wreaking Havoc on Africa’s Crops," 28 Feb. 2017 The fall armyworm is a small, unassuming caterpillar that grows to just 1.5 inches long. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Very, Very Hungry Caterpillar Is Wreaking Havoc on Africa’s Crops," 28 Feb. 2017 The invasion of the fall armyworm is, naturally, causing considerable panic among African officials. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Very, Very Hungry Caterpillar Is Wreaking Havoc on Africa’s Crops," 28 Feb. 2017

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1881, in the meaning defined above

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