1985 Fall Armyworm Symposium: USDA Technical Bulletin No. 34-The Legacy of Philip Luginbill

Everett R. Mitchell


Philip Luginbill's 1928 treatise on the fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (J. E. Smith), long has been considered the source for authoritative information on the biology and dynamics of this pest. What makes Bulletin No. 34 so special? The information presented on the life history and habits of the fall armyworm is interesting and amazingly accurate as verified by numerous publications over the past half century. In view of Bulletin No. 34 and all that has been written on the fall armyworm since 1928, one cannot help but wonder why we are not further along in our efforts to control or suppress this pest.

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