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Family Epipyropidae - Planthopper Parasites

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Classification
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)
Numbers
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
Size
Wingspan 4-15 mm
Identification
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.
Range
Eastern US
Food
Larvae are parasitoids of Fulgoroid planthoppers.
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