This information is based an ongoing project dedicated to the inventory and dissemination of information on lepidopteran larvae, their host plants, and their parasitoids in a Costa Rican tropical wet forest and an Ecuadorian montane cloud forest.
N=92 rearings as of 2012, 40 eclosed, 48 died and 4 were parasitized.
Mean duration 3rd instar to pupae: 17.5 days; mean duration as pupae: 7-11 days; (N =11).
Early instar larvae rest on a frass chain at the end of the host plant leaf tip.
At a later instar the larvae roll a shelter from the side of a leaf and give it a heavy lining of silk.
If disturbed, larvae will bite and extrude a chemical substance through a neck gland.
Collected from several locations in Heredia Province, Costa Rica.
Piperaceae: Piper glabratum, Piper hispidum, Piper friedrichsthalli, Piper auritum, Piper colonense, Piper phytolaccaefolium, Piper virgulatorum, Piper garagaranum, Piper glabrescens, Piper reticulatum, Piper multiplinervium, Piper generalense, Piper sp.
Pseudomyrmex mexicana (Formicidae, Hymenoptera).
Tachinidae: Unknown spp. (N=4).