The biology of Epiplema albida (Hampson) (Lepidoptera, Uraniidae, Epipleminae) on Sri Lankan privet, Ligustrum robustum subsp. walkeri (Oleaceae).

The biology of Epiplema albida, was studied as part of an evaluation of its suitability for use as a biological control agent

Abstract

The biology of Epiplema albida 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 4 instars and feeds on leaves, and the life cycle from egg to imago is usually completed in 34 days.

Citation

Cock, M.J.W. and Shaw, R.H. (2017) The biology of Epiplema albida (Hampson) (Lepidoptera, Uraniidae, Epipleminae) on Sri Lankan privet, Ligustrum robustum subsp. walkeri (Oleaceae). Tropical Lepidoptera Research 27(2), 96–100.

The biology of Epiplema albida (Hampson) (Lepidoptera, Uraniidae, Epipleminae) on Sri Lankan privet, Ligustrum robustum subsp. walkeri (Oleaceae)

Published 1 December 2017