|scientific name Exetastes fornicator exploratus |
No habitat associations other than general habitat of genus (see Exetastes genus page).
Adult specimen collections from mid-June to mid-September (Townes & Townes 1978).
Body almost entirely black, except gaster segments 2 and 3 very dark reddish-brown. Legs reddish-brown, with coxae and trochanters black. Hind legs with apical half of tibia and first tarsal segment dark brown.
Exetastes fornicator consists of a chain of subspecies extending across North America, with many intermediate specimens between recognizable subspecies (Townes & Townes 1978). This subspecies can be distinguished from E. f. niger by the lighter coloured hind tibia (approximately half brownish in E. f. exploratus compared to mostly dark brown in E. f. niger).
Specific information not known. See Exetastes genus page for general life history.
No information available.
No host records. Host is probably Lepidoptera: Noctuidae.
This subspecies has been collected from southern BC to the Atlantic Coast and south to Illinois (Townes & Townes 1978).
Synonym Exestastes nervulus var. exploratus Davis.
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