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Species Pseudocharis minima - Lesser Wasp Moth - Hodges#8286

Lesser Wasp Moth - Pseudocharis minima - female Lesser Wasp Moth - Pseudocharis minima - female Lesser Wasp Moth eggs - Pseudocharis minima Lesser Wasp Moth larvae - Pseudocharis minima Lesser Wasp Moth cocoon and pupa - Pseudocharis minima Lesser Wasp Moth - Pseudocharis minima Lesser Wasp Moth final instar larva - Pseudocharis minima Lesser Wasp Moth - Pseudocharis minima
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Erebidae
Subfamily Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths)
Tribe Arctiini (Tiger Moths)
Subtribe Euchromiina
Genus Pseudocharis
Species minima (Lesser Wasp Moth - Hodges#8286)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Author: (Grote, 1867)
wingspan 30 - 35mm (1)
Adults - wings and body black with white spots, rarely yellowish. Legs black except for the tip of the tarsus, which is white. Hind legs very long whith a patch of hair-like scales. Male anetenae black with orange tips, females mostly orange (1)

Larvae - orange with tufts of black hairs (1)

Eggs - metallic-gold colored (1)
southern Florida in Miamai-Dade county and the Keys (1). One record from extreme southern Texas on the MPG
pine rocklands, tropical hammocks, and the ecotone between hammocks and salt marshes (1)
year round (1)
larvae feed on Crossopetalum
Life Cycle
eggs laid in clusters underneath host plan leaves, hatch in four days, fast developing larvae, at about two weeks, spins a loose silk cocoon, covered in larval hairs, on stems and leaves of the host plant (1)
Life cycle images:
eggs; first instar larvae; larva; cocoon; pupa; adult
adults mostly day flyers but will come to lights (1)
See Also
adults Syntomeida epilais are larger with a red tip on the abdomen. Larvae also similar but larger (1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Rare, Declining, and Poorly Known Butterflies and Moths of Forests and Woodlands in the Eastern United States
Dale F. Schweitzer, Marc C. Minno, David L. Wagner. 2011. U.S. Forest Service, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team, FHTET-2011-01. .