Occurrence of slug caterpillar Phauda flammans Wlk. (Lepidoptera: Zygaenidae) on Ficus racemosa L. in South India
Nageshchandra, B.K.; Rajagopal, B.K.; Balasubramanian, R.
Mysore Journal of Agricultural Sciences 6(2): 186-189
Heavy infestation of Ficus glomerata by Phauda flammans Wlk. was observed for the first time in South India near Bangalore in June-July 1969 and 1970. The Zygaenid, which has been recorded from this food-plant in North India and other Asian countries, skeletonises the leaves during the early larval instars and destroys them completely in the later ones. The adult and larva are briefly described.