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Genus Prodoxus - Bogus yucca moths

 Prodoxus decipiens? or something else - Prodoxus decipiens Prodoxus  - Prodoxus Wonder Valley Gelechioidea ? - Prodoxus coloradensis Yucca stem larva - Prodoxus Yucca stem larva - Prodoxus Prodoxus decipiens genitalia - Prodoxus - female Prodoxidae, Bogus Yucca Moth - Prodoxus
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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)
Subfamily Prodoxinae
Genus Prodoxus (Bogus yucca moths)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Prodoxus Riley, 1880
Agavenema Davis, 1967 (1)(2)
Explanation of Names
The common name "Bogus yucca moth" was used by Riley in his original description to distinguish it from the "True yucca moth", Tegeticula yuccasella, a pollinator of yucca.
Numbers
21 species (3)
Identification
Compared to Tegeticula these moths have a more streamlined shape (like a race car), with "a smaller thorax that tapers off further with the head".
Food
They feed on vegetative parts of yuccas and agave.
Remarks
See USDA distribution maps for Yucca Plants here.
Print References
Davis, D.R. 1967. A Revision of the Moths of the Subfamily Prodoxinae. Bulletin of the United States National Museum. 255: 28 (keys), 99. (1)
Riley, C.V. 1880. The American entomologist. 3: 141
Works Cited
1.A Revision of the Moths of the Subfamily Prodoxinae
Donald R. Davis. 1967. United States National Museum Bulletin, No. 255, 1-170.
2.Phylogeny and life history evolution of Prodoxus yucca moths (Lepidoptera: Prodoxidae)
Pellmyr, O., M. Balcázar-Lara, D.M. Althoff, K.A. Segraves, & J. Leebens-Mack. 2005. Systematic Entomology. 31(1): 1-20.
3.Annotated taxonomic checklist of the Lepidoptera of North America, North of Mexico
Pohl, G.R., Patterson, B., & Pelham, J.P. 2016. ResearchGate.net.