Comparative Biology of Rice Swarming Caterpillar Spodoptera mauritia Boisduval


  • Mogili Ramaiah ICAR-Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University, Kalyandurg 515761, Andhra Pradesh
  • T. U. Maheswari College of Agriculture, PJTSAU, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad 500030, Telangana



Oryza sativa, swarming caterpillar, Spodoptera mauritia, Noctuidae, biology, artificial diet, natural diet, mass rearing, larval period, fecundity


Comparative biology of rice swarming caterpillar Spodoptera mauritia Boisduval has been analysed in this study. It was observed that rearing it on the artificial diets (chickpea flour based diets) was the most favourable with shortest larval period of 20.00± 0.51 days, whereas, those fed with rice leaves were 23.00± 0.52 days. The number of eggs laid was 1887.50 and 1013.50 when reared on artificial diet and rice leaves, respectively.


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Ramaiah, M., & Maheswari, T. U. (2023). Comparative Biology of Rice Swarming Caterpillar <i>Spodoptera mauritia</i> Boisduval. Indian Journal of Entomology, 85(1), 167–169.



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