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Family Prodoxidae - Yucca Moths

Yucca moth? - Prodoxus marginatus Moth - Prodoxus barberella White Micro Hodges#200.1 Prodoxidae - Yucca Moths - Lampronia Prodoxidae - Yucca Moths - Lampronia Greya punctiferella - Greya Nocturnal flower visitor, yucca
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Adeloidea (Fairy Moths and kin)
Family Prodoxidae (Yucca Moths)
Numbers
56 species in 9 genera in 2 subfamilies in North America listed at All-Leps
Size
Wingspan 5-33 mm.
Identification
"Head with rough hairlike scales; antennae simple in both sexes, approximately one half the length of the front wing; scale without pecten; ocelli absent; proboscis short, uncoiled when not in use, and galea not appressed to form a sucking tube; mandibles present but greatly reduced, not functional; labial palpi 3-segmented; rarely 2-segmented; maxillary palpi 5-segmented, very long, nearly as long as haustellum, folded against head. wings white in most species, but with dark markings; dark in some species." Arnett, p. 658 (1)
Life Cycle
Larvae bore into seeds and stems of yucca and agave.
Print References
Davis, D. R. 1967. A revision of the moths of the subfamily Prodoxinae (Lepidoptera: Incurvariidae). United States National Museum Bulletin 255: 1-170
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