Planthopper Parasite Moth Fulgoraecia exigua (Edwards, 1882)    Synonyms: Hodges #4701.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Lepidoptera   >   Family Epipyropidae   >   Genus Fulgoraecia   

Status:

This is the only North American species of this parasitic genus/family.

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Larvae are parasites of planthoppers! Adults lay eggs on plants that host planthoppers and first instar larvae attach themselves to various planthopper species. The larvae are ectoparasites, sucking body fluids from the planthoppers' abdomen beneath the hosts' wings! (BugGuide/Covell, 1984)

There are 72 records in the project database.

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A Planthopper Parasite Moth in Prince George's Co., Maryland (8/27/2020). Photo by Barbara Thurlow. (MBP list)

Planthopper Parasite Moth in Baltimore Co., Maryland (8/14/2021). (c) Frode Jacobsen, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Frode Jacobsen via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

A Planthopper Parasite Moth in Washington Co., Maryland (8/24/2017). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A Planthopper Parasite Moth cocoon and its eventual eclosed adult male (inset) in Harford Co., Maryland (9/9/2020). Photo by Dave Webb. (MBP list)

A Planthopper Parasite Moth in Caroline Co., Maryland (8/24/2020). Verified by Roger Downer/BugGuide. Photo by Dave Webb. (MBP list)

A Planthopper Parasite Moth in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/12/2014). Determined by Roger Downer/BAMONA. Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Planthopper Parasite Moth in Baltimore Co., Maryland (8/24/2014). Photo by Emily Stanley. (MBP list)

A Planthopper Parasite Moth in Kent Co., Maryland (8/8/2015). Photo by Nancy Martin. (MBP list)

A Planthopper Parasite Moth in Harford Co., Maryland (9/27/2020). Photo by Dave Webb. (MBP list)

Planthopper Parasite Moth in Baltimore Co., Maryland (8/19/2022). (c) Whitni Brown, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA). Photo by creepthecreek via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

A Planthopper Parasite Moth in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/30/2014). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Planthopper Parasite Moth in Prince George's Co., Maryland (9/12/2008). Photo by Bob Patterson. (MBP list)

The cocoon and pupal case of a Planthopper Parasite Moth in Harford Co., Maryland (9/26/2020). Photo by Dave Webb. (MBP list)

A cocoon of the Planthopper Parasite Moth in Baltimore Co., Maryland (8/7/2014). Photo by Brandon Woo. (MBP list)

The cocoon of a Planthopper Parasite Moth in Kent Co., Maryland (9/10/2021). Photo by Dave Webb. (MBP list)

A Planthopper Parasite Moth cocoon in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/6/2014). Photo by Brandon Woo. (MBP list)

A Planthopper Parasite Moth in Howard Co., Maryland (8/11/2017). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A Planthopper Parasite Moth in Harford Co., Maryland (9/1/2014). Photo by Dave Webb. (MBP list)

The cocoon and pupal case of a Planthopper Parasite Moth in Harford Co., Maryland (10/15/2020). Photo by Dave Webb. (MBP list)

A Planthopper Parasite Moth in Prince George's Co., Maryland (6/9/2004). Specimen provided by Bob Patterson. Photo by Larry Line. (MBP list)

A Planthopper Parasite Moth in Howard Co., Maryland (8/15/2013). Photo by Nancy Magnusson. (MBP list)


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