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Genus Prodoxus - Bogus yucca moths

200.1 Bogus Yucca Moth  - Prodoxus decipiens Small White Moth with Black Spots - Prodoxus quinquepunctella Prodoxidae: Prodoxus decipiens? - Prodoxus quinquepunctella Wonder Valley Gelechioidea ? - Prodoxus coloradensis Prodoxus cinereus - Prodoxus Prodoxidae, Bogus Yucca Moths, yucca stem  - Prodoxus Prodoxus decipiens White moth - Prodoxus decipiens
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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.
21 species (3)
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".
They feed on vegetative parts of yuccas and agave.
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.