Global distribution, climatic factors involved in outbreaks, and an example of typical fall webworm infestation
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness¡ªa wonderful autumn scene was described by the poet John Keats. Unfortunately, in multiple locations in China, this picturesque scenery has been nibbled away by an invasive insect, fall webworm, Hyphantria cunea (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae). By the end of September in 2021, outbreaks were detected in 607 counties in 14 provinces, resulting in cumulative damage of 10,427,300 acres and increasing the amount of infested area by 6.15% than last year (Data from Biological Disaster Prevention and Control Center, China).
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