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Abstract

Cricula trifenestrata (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) - a new alternate host of Blepharipa zebina (Diptera: Tachinidae).

Abstract

During a survey of Antheraea assama in December 1990, it was observed that Blepharipa zebina was also parasitizing larvae of Cricula trifenestrata on Machilus bombycina. In the laboratory, eggs of the parasitoid hatched within 4-7 days and penetrated the host. There were 3 larval instars lasting 20-27 days in total. The pupal stage lasted for 22-25 days and the total life cycle was completed in 48.1-64.1 days in C. trifenestrata.