EPIPYROPIDAE of Australia
Planthopper Parasite Moths
ZYGAENOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

EPIPYROPIDAE larva on Hopper host
(Photo: courtesy of Simon Ong, taken in Durack, Western Australia)

These Caterpillars are white and globular. They parasitise Hoppers (HEMIPTERA), such as Lantern Flies (FULGORIDAE) and Antipodean Hoppers (EURYBRACHIDAE). The tiny caterpillar, as soon as it hatches, has to find and latch onto a suitable host, on which it then feeds.


moth of another EPIPYROPIDAE species
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The adult moths are tiny, with a wingspan of about 7 mm.

The eggs are typically laid on dead grass. The female moths can lay viable eggs despite not being mated with a male.

The 5 named Australian species of EPIPYROPIDAE are:

  • Agamopsyche threnodes

  • Heteropsyche micromorpha
  • Heteropsyche poecilochroma
  • Heteropsyche stenomorpha

  • Palaeopsyche melanias

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    (updated 31 May 2014, 20 December 2016)