The biology of Epiplema albida (Hampson, 1891) (Lepidoptera, Uraniidae, Epipleminae) on Sri Lankan Privet, Ligustrum robustum (Roxb.) Blume subsp. walkeri (Decne.) P. S. Green (Oleaceae)

Matthew J. W. Cock, Richard H. Shaw

Abstract


The biology of Epiplema albida (Hampson, 1891) (Lepidoptera: Uraniidae, Epipleminae) from Sri Lanka, was studied as part of an evaluation of its suitability for use as a biological control agent for Sri Lankan Privet, Ligustrum robustum (Roxb.) Blume subsp. walkeri (Decne.) P. S. Green (Oleaceae) in the Mascarene Islands. The life cycle of E. albida is documented: females lay an average of 80 eggs, the larva has four instars and feeds on leaves, and the life cycle from egg to imago is usually completed in 34 days.

Keywords


Epipleminae, Oleaceae, Sri Lanka, parasitoid

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