UK Risk Register Details for Spodoptera littoralis

This record was last updated on 27/03/2020

Common Names

  • African cottom leafworm
  • Cotton leafworm
  • Egyptian cotton leafworm
  • Egyptian cotton worm
  • Mediterranean climbing cutworm
  • Meditteranea Brocade
  • Tobacco cutworm

Scenario and Pathways

Scenario for Risk Register

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  • Pest is introduced

Pathway Assessed for Entry to UK

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  • Plants for planting (except seeds bulbs and tubers)

Common Pathways

  • show / hide
This section is currently being developed as part of the next phase of the Risk Register.

Risk Ratings and Current Mitigations

Unmitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 5
Spread [1 - 5] 5
Impact [1 - 5] 3
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 5
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 15
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 75

Current Mitigations

  • show / hide

Key mitigation for pest



Industry Scheme

Contingency Plan



Mitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 2
Spread [1 - 5] 5
Impact [1 - 5] 3
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 5
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 6
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 30

Proposed Actions

Proposed Actions



Management By Industry

Targeted Survey


Contingency Plan



Distribution and Pest Details


Country Status Notes
Europe Present
Cyprus Present (Widespread)
Spain Present (Limited)
France Present (Limited)
United Kingdom Absent
Greece Present (Limited)
Italy Present (Limited)
Malta Present
Poland Present (Limited)
Portugal Present
Angola Present
Burkina Faso Present
Burundi Present
Benin Present
Botswana Present
Congo (Democratic Rep.) Present
Central African Republic Present
Congo (Brazzaville) Present
Cote d'Ivoire Present
Cameroon Present
Cape Verde Present
Algeria Present
Egypt Present
Eritrea Present
Ethiopia Present
Ghana Present
Gambia Present
Guinea Present
Equatorial Guinea Present
Kenya Present
Comoros Present
Libya Present
Morocco Present
Madagascar Present
Mali Present
Mauritania Present
Mauritius Present
Malawi Present
Mozambique Present
Namibia Present
Niger Present
Nigeria Present
Reunion Present
Rwanda Present
Seychelles Present
Sudan Present
Sierra Leone Present
Senegal Present
Somalia Present
South Sudan Present
Sao Tome and Principe Present
Swaziland Present
Chad Present
Togo Present
Tunisia Present
Tanzania Present
Uganda Present
South Africa Present
Zambia Present
Zimbabwe Present
Asia Present
United Arab Emirates Present
Bahrain Present
Israel Present
Iraq Present
Iran Present
Jordan Present
Lebanon Present
Oman Present
Saudi Arabia Present
Syria Present
Yemen Present

Type of Pest

  • Insect (Lepidoptera)

Host or Industry at Risk

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Total protected cultivation

Major Hosts

  • Abelmoschus Medik.
  • Allium L.
  • Arachis L.
  • Arachis hypogaea L.
  • Beta L.
  • Beta vulgaris L.
  • Brassica L.
  • Capsicum L.
  • Chrysanthemum L.
  • Corchorus L.
  • Cucurbita L.
  • Chrysanthemum x morifolium Ramat.
  • Dianthus L.
  • Glycine max (L.) Merr.
  • Gossypium L.
  • Gossypium barbadense L.
  • Helianthus L.
  • Solanum lycopersicum L.
  • Malus domestica Borkhausen
  • Medicago sativa L.
  • Nicotiana tabacum L.
  • Oryza L.
  • Phaseolus L.
  • Prunus L.
  • Rosa L.
  • Solanum tuberosum L.
  • Spinacia L.
  • Trifolium L.
  • Vigna Savi
  • Vitis vinifera ssp. vinifera L.
  • Zea mays L.
  • Glycine
  • Gossypium hirsutum

Threats to Protected Cultivation

  • Only protected crops

Forest Tree Pests and Pathogens

Further Information

PRA Availability

PRA not available

Regulation and EPPO listing

  • show / hide


Actions Indicated

  • show / hide


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General Comments

Polyphagous moth pest frequently intercepted in the UK. There have been occasional outbreaks which have been successfully eradicated.

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