Biological studies on Lymantria obfuscata Walker (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae) in Kashmir.
L. obfuscata, the Indian gypsy moth, is a very destructive pest of fruit and forest plantations, including apples, apricots, willows (Salix), poplars [Populus], etc. in Kashmir. Detailed biological studies have not previously been conducted on the pest, but since the damage caused by it in Kashmir is now serious, the laboratory studies reported here were undertaken, using Salix alba as food plant. Observations are reported on the life history, larval, pupal and adult stages, and sex ratio of the pest.