Further observations on the natural enemies of Lymantria obfuscata Walker (Lymantriidae: Lepidoptera) in Kashmir.
Eggs, larvae and pupae of Lymantria obfuscata collected from a number of field sites in the Kashmir Valley, India, in 1980-83 were reared in the laboratory to assess parasitism. There was an average of 501-5094 (usually about 1500) egg masses/0.01 ha plot and 3.5-9.9% of the eggs were parasitized by Anastatus kashmirensis. Two species of larval parasitoids, Exorista rossica and Compsilura sp., attacked 2.1-28.7% of larvae. The average parasitism of pupae ranged from 1.3 to 20.0% and they yielded 6 species of parasitic Hymenoptera, including Brachymeria lasus which was a new record in L. obfuscata from Kashmir.