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Species Fulgoraecia exigua - Planthopper Parasite Moth - Hodges#4701

Hopper In Double Trouble - Fulgoraecia exigua Unknown Moth - Fulgoraecia exigua - female Little brown moth - Fulgoraecia exigua - male Fulgoraecia exigua - female White mess - Fulgoraecia exigua Cocoon? - Fulgoraecia exigua Dorsal view of larval Fulgoraecia exigua (I think) - Fulgoraecia exigua Planthopper parasite Moth? - Fulgoraecia exigua
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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)
Genus Fulgoraecia
Species exigua (Planthopper Parasite Moth - Hodges#4701)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Fulgoraecia exigua (Edwards, 1882)
Monotypic genus (and family) in the U.S. per Hodges et al. (1983) (1)
8-13 mm wingspan per Arnett (1985) (2)
N.J. and Pa. to cen. Fla., west to Mo. and Tex per Covell (1984) (3)
But also AZ and NM per Arnett (1985) (2)
June-Oct. per Covell (1984) (3)
Larva sucks body fluids from various planthoppers. Covell (1984) (3)
Life Cycle
Larvae are parasitoids (or parasites?) of Fulgoroid planthoppers. Eggs laid on plants frequented by planthoppers (Homoptera, superfamily Fulgoroidea). First-instar larva attaches itself to the planthopper, on which it becomes an ectoparasite, sucking body fluids from the abdomen beneath the wings. Some life-cycle details are still not known for our single N. American species. Covell (1984) (3)

Life cycle photos:
1.larva 2.larva on plant hopper 3.cocoon 4.freshly eclosed adult

If you want to be blown away about this predaceous moth, read this section (via Google Book Search) on the family in Moths of Australia by I.F.B. Common.
See Also
Small bagworm moths such as Cryptothelea gloverii per Covell (1984) (3)
Print References
Common, I.F.B. 1990. Moths of Australia. Melbourne University Publishing, Carlton, Victoria. 544 pp. (4)
Internet References
Fulgoraecia exigua - The Moths of Southeastern Arizona
Fulgoraecia exigua - Georgia Lepidoptera
Works Cited
1.Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico.
Hodges, et al. (editors). 1983. E. W. Classey, London. 284 pp.
2.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
3.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.
4.Moths of Australia
Ian Francis Bell Common. 1990. Melbourne University Publishing, Carlton, Victoria. vi + 535 pp.