A note on the biology of slug caterpillar, Miresa albipuncta Her. Schaeffer. (Lepidoptera: Limacodidae) on tendu (Diospyros melanoxylon).
Larvae of Miresa albipuncta caused 20% infestation of Diospyros melanoxylon at Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India, in 1983-85, damaging 5-7% of the utilizable leaves of the trees. In the laboratory, the egg stage lasted 2-5 days in July-October, there were 5 larval instars, the larval period was 18-32 days, the prepupal period 2-3 days and the pupal period 7-14 days. There were 4 overlapping generations in June-November, overwintering took place in the pupal stage, and the 1st adults emerged in the last week of July. In the field, pupation took place on the leaves or trunks of the food plant or on the ground in fallen leaves.