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UK Risk Register Details for Spodoptera littoralis

This record was last updated on 07/06/2022

Common Names

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

Scenario and Pathways

Scenario for Risk Register

  • show / hide
  • Pest is introduced

Pathway Assessed for Entry to UK

  • show / hide
  • Plants for planting (except seeds bulbs and tubers)

Common Pathways

  • show / hide
  • Plants for planting (except seeds bulbs and tubers)
  • Cut flowers or branches
  • Fruits or vegetables

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

Regulated quarantine pest (Great Britain)



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

Type of Pest

  • Insect (Lepidoptera)

Host or Industry at Risk

  • show / hide

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 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

Regulated quarantine pest (Great Britain). EPPO A2

Actions Indicated

  • show / hide


Statutory action against findings.

General Comments

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

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