oa African Entomology - Changes in the morphology of the larval mandibles of African armyworm, Spodoptera exempta (Walker) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)
|Article Title||Changes in the morphology of the larval mandibles of African armyworm, Spodoptera exempta (Walker) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Affiliations||1 Environmental Sciences Department, Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, Chatham, Kent,|
|Publication Date||Jan 1999|
|Pages||261 - 264|
|Keyword(s)||Armyworm, Mandibles, Morphology and Spodaptera exempta|
As the larvae of African armyworm develop, the morphology of their mandibles alters dramatically, reflecting changes in their feeding habits from scraping the surface of leaves to the typical and damaging cutting of the leaves and stems of their food plants.
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