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parasited hopper - Fulgoraecia exigua

parasited hopper - Fulgoraecia exigua
near beaver lake, benton County, Arkansas, USA
July 25, 2008
a hopper i found with what appears to be a dryinid larvae... thought i would see what happened so i put it in a jar...

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parasited hopper - Fulgoraecia exigua parasited hopper - Fulgoraecia exigua

Moved from Larvae of Dryinidae. This is the larva of the planthopper parasite moth, and the cocoon in your other image matches this one:

I credit John Maxwell with cluing me in to the existence of these things.

thank you very much for the information... never knew such a thing existed.

I've never seen a Dryinidae l
I've never seen a Dryinidae larval sack that looked like yours. It will be interesting to see what develops.

interesting... any other tips on rearing one of these? i have it in a jar, top covered with net, and i mist it every once in a while. it has been like this for about 2 weeks. any other information would be grand. thanks.

It sounds like you're doing t
It sounds like you're doing the best you can at this time. Typically for dryinids the worm-like larva leaves the host and spins a silken cocoon on the soil surface, leaf surface, on bark, etc. Your specimen looks like it has a much more complex structure produced than any I've seen for Dryinidae.

thank you for all the info... i hope things turn out well, and will keep you posted. also, i have some small headed flies from out your way i will post soon.

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