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Caterpillar of Planthopper Parasite Moth



Observation is on the tiny Planthopper Parasite Moth Caterpillar parasiting on the Nogodinid Planthopper (Paravarcia sp.)


Tropical forest


Not familiar with this Planthopper Parasite Moth Caterpillar (family Epipyropidae), first time to observe this situation, will have to pay more attention to other Planthoppers in the future.

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AlbertKang 3 months ago

Thanks @Sergio for your kind words.
Indeed this is also my first encounter of it and get to learn more about them.
Each time we go out taking pics, we get to learn something new :D

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 3 months ago

Absolutely awesome, Albert. I've seen many wasp larvae feeding on other species (mostly spiders), and I've also seen them AFTER feeding on caterpillars, when they emerge to form their cocoons to pupate. But I didn't know that there are parasitic moth caterpillars. Living and learning! Congrats, it is a superb spotting.

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Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Spotted on Jan 18, 2021
Submitted on Feb 1, 2021

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