First report of Trilocha (=Ocinara) varians and its natural enemies on Ficus spp. from Haryana, India
S.C. Kedar, K.M. Kumaranag and R. K. Saini
TheThe occurrence of Trilocha varians (Bombycidae: Lepidoptera) larvae damaging the leaves of Ficus religiosa, Ficus infectoria, Ficus benjamina, Ficus elastica and Ficus benghalensis is reported for the first time from Hisar, Haryana. T. varians larvae caused 80-90 per cent defoliation in Ficus spp., trees. Information on morphology of different life stages of T. varians is highlighted in this report. The larvae and pupae were parasitized by ichneumonid wasps, Enicospilus sp. and Goryphus sp. respectively. Further studies on T. varians biology, management, host range and natural enemies associated with it is necessary to avoid future outbreak.