|Beet / Fall Armyworm|
The Beet Armyworm, Spodoptera exigua, is a pest in the southern states and feeds on cotton, corn, soybean, tobacco, alfalfa, sugar beets, pepper, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, peas, and citrus. The early silk larva damage the young terminal growth, while later larva feed on foliage and other plant parts.
The Fall Armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, has migrated throughout the eastern and central United States and feeds on corn, cotton, soybeans, alfalfa, beans, peanuts, potatoes, turnips, tomatoes, cabbage, cucumbers, and tobacco. They damage corn crops by eating foliage, the whorl, the ears, and the developing fruiting forms. They also feed on developing cotton bolls and soybean pods.