An artificial diet for rearing the spotted bollworm, Earias vittella (Fabricius) was developed under laboratory conditions (temperature 27 ± 1°C, RH 60 ± 5% and 16:8 h scoto /photophase regime). The diet ingredients consisted of wheatgerm (5 g), seeds of cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L. var. Pusa 8–6) (50 g) and chickpea (Cicer arietinitm L. var. Kabuli)(35 g) as base materials along with agar-agar (15 g), dried yeast powder (8.0 g), methyl-p-hydroxybenzoate (1.0 g), l-ascorbic acid (1.2 g), sorbic acid (1.0 g), cholesterol (0.2 g), streptomycin sulphate (0.2 g), and multivitamin multimineral and vitamin E capsules (one each). After rearing neonates on okra for 3–4 days, the diet supported the growth and development of E. vittella successfully for eight generations. Larval development on this diet was completed in 11.9 ± 0.66 days against 11.64 days on the pest's preferred natural host, okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) Moench. The growth and developmental indices on the artificial diet for the eight generations are reported.