Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 BugGuide Gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

Photos from the 2009 gathering in Washington

TaxonomyBrowse
Info
ImagesLinksBooksData

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 final instar larva - Pseudocharis minima Lesser Wasp Moth - Pseudocharis minima Lesser Wasp Moth - Pseudocharis minima Lesser Wasp Moth final instar larva - Pseudocharis minima
Show images of: caterpillars · adults · both
Classification
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
8286
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Author: (Grote, 1867)
Size
wingspan 30 - 35mm (1)
Identification
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)
Range
southern Florida in Miamai-Dade county and the Keys (1). One record from extreme southern Texas on the MPG
Habitat
pine rocklands, tropical hammocks, and the ecotone between hammocks and salt marshes (1)
Season
year round (1)
Food
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
Remarks
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. .