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Yucca stem larva - Prodoxus

Yucca stem larva - Prodoxus
Decorah, Winneshiek County, Iowa, USA
February 7, 2017

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John,
I'm in the process of cutting yucca flower stems apart looking for larvae. What I am finding is what you posted here, same as I saw last year.

Do they really have no legs or prolegs?

Last year I looked on-line for a description/drawing/photo of the larva(e) but didn't find any, except your photos, nor have I found anything since.

 
Yep
As far as I could tell, no obvious legs / prolegs...darn these critters for shaking up our expectations (well, my expectations, certainly) about what a lep larva ought to look like! (I say darn them, but at the same time, I love them for it too :)

It'd be neat to get in touch with someone who studies this family professionally and see what they have to say about the bogus yucca moths, especially immature stages / life history.

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