Fall Armyworm in Malawi

by Agence France Presse

The Fall Armyworm infestation in Malawi has damaged approximately 355,000 acres. The Fall Armyworm is the larval stage of a moth (Spodoptera frugiperda). It is a recent arrival in Africa arriving in 2016, most likely on imported produce from the Americas. This is especially troubling as the larvae eat the plants from the inside out making sustainable methods of control difficult. Because of this pesticides have become the method of last resort.