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Yucca moth larva, dorsal

Yucca moth larva, dorsal
Socorro County, New Mexico, USA
July 30, 2016
Size: ~15 mm
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The larvae imaged here are different specimens extracted from yucca pods on 30 JUL 2016 outside the visitor center of Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, San Acacia 7.5 minute quadrangle, Socorro Co., NM during Sevilleta Moth Night, sponsored by Amigos de la Sevilleta.

The pods were collected elsewhere in Socorro County by the event's guest speaker Eric H. Metzler. He cut open some of the pods to reveal the larvae inhabiting the seeds within, and explained the moth's mutually beneficial relationship(1)(2) with the yucca.

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