March 20, 2020
The exotic pest Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) has been detected in Bowen, a Biosecurity Queensland spokesperson said on Friday.
This latest detection brings to eight the number of confirmed samples of fall armyworm on the Australian mainland since the initial detection at Bamaga in February 2020.
This pest moth can fly long distances with suitable weather conditions.
“The department is working with industry to find ways to address the threat posed by the fall armyworm moth and its larvae to Queensland’s agriculture industry,” the spokesperson said.
“Growers should have on-farm biosecurity measures to protect their crops from pests and diseases.
“Producers who think that they may have come across Fall Armyworm are strongly encouraged to photograph and report suspect sightings to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries on 13-25-23 or to their local biosecurity officer or extension officer.”