First reported from Nigeria, and later from India, this crop-devouring caterpillar is known as Fall Army Worm.
It munches its way through a hectare within 72 hours.
A female lays around 2,000 eggs in her 10-day lifespan.
As a moth, it flies about 100 kilometres a night on average.
The Ministry requests the public to immediately inform the area’s agricultural officer or to the telephone no. 1920 or 081-2388316 if these caterpillars are found in crops.