China - After swine fever, farmers battle corn-devouring pest

The fall armyworm is the larval stage of a moth capable of flying up to 100 kilometers a night. Native to the Americas, the insect somehow made its way to Africa in 2016, where it has since spread to more than 40 countries. Following its appearance in India, Myanmar, and Thailand last year, China’s first sightings of the pest took place in January in southwestern Yunnan province, which borders Myanmar.