Image Number: 1440107

The yellowstriped armyworm, is an occasional pest of tobacco. Full-grown larvae are about one inch long. They are predominately glossy black to gray with several pairs of triangular spots on the upper side of the body. A prominent longitudinal yellow stripe runs along each side. A distinct black spot can be seen immediately behind the third pair of legs. Yellowstriped armyworms chew roughly rounded holes in tobacco leaves. Economic infestations are rare in tobacco fields. The insect may occasionally be found feeding in tobacco beds.
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United States


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Atelocerata
Class: Hexapoda (including Insecta)
Infraclass: Neoptera
Subclass: Pterygota
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Xyleninae
Tribe: Prodeniini
Genus: Spodoptera
Subject: Spodoptera ornithogalli (Guenee)


Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Nicotiana
Subject: Nicotiana tabacum (burley type) L.
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Image uploaded:
Monday, January 1, 1990
Image last updated:
Friday, May 27, 2011