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PestNet is a network that helps people worldwide obtain rapid advice and information on crop protection, including the identification and management of plant pests. It started in 1999. Anyone with an interest in plant protection is welcome to join. PestNet is free and is moderated, ensuring that messages are confined to plant protection.
Pests > Pests Entities > Insects > Moths & butterflies > Spodoptera species > Spodoptera, bush bean, Phaseolus, Maldives
January 2013. A caterpillar making large round holes in cucumber leaves in the Maldives. The question was, is this Helicoverpa armigera?
The reply from one member was no, it looks more like Spodoptera litura. They are usually found large numbers when in an earlier stage. Plenty of information on this on the Internet. See references from ICRISAT and All India Pulses programme for its management: integrating pheromone trap monitoring, insect pathogen distribution and biocontrol by generalist predators such as Coccinellidae = ladybird beetles, but also including drongos, cattle egrets and other insectivorous birds.