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Family Prodoxidae - Yucca Moths

Yucca pupa - Prodoxus decipiens Tortricid - Lampronia corticella Yucca Moth - Greya piperella moth 1 - Greya reticulata - female Ethmia sp.? - Agavenema barberella Yucca moth - Tegeticula? Unknown Moth Prodoxidae: Prodoxus decipiens? - Prodoxus quinquepunctella
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon (Moths)
Superfamily Incurvarioidea
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.
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