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Family Epipyropidae - Planthopper Parasites

Planthopper Parasite Moth - Hodges #4701 - Fulgoraecia exigua - male Fulgoraecia from Rancocas - Fulgoraecia exigua - female Hopper In Double Trouble - Fulgoraecia exigua Little brown moth - Fulgoraecia exigua - male 24aug2012-lep2 - Fulgoraecia exigua - female Planthopper Parasite Moth - Hodges#4701? - Fulgoraecia exigua - male Tiny Brown Moth - Fulgoraecia exigua Planthopper Parasite Moth - Fulgoraecia exigua - female
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Zygaenoidea (Flannel, Slug Caterpillar, Leaf Skeletonizer Moths and kin)
Family Epipyropidae (Planthopper Parasites)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
EPIPYROPIDAE Dyar, 1903 (1)
Only one species in this family (Fulgoraecia exigua) is present in our region (2).
There are 32 species worldwide, most of them in the Indian subregion and Australia
Wingspan 4-15 mm
Short and bipectinate antennae in both sexes.
Larva, first instar slender, with a large head and it tapers posteriorly, very different from later instars. Later instars, very small head that can be retracted into the prothorax.
Eastern US
Larvae are parasitoids of Fulgoroid planthoppers.
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