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Species Deoclona yuccasella - Hodges#2311

Deoclona yuccasella - female Genitalia - Ventral View - Deoclona yuccasella - male Gnathos - Ventral View - Deoclona yuccasella - male Phallus - Lateral View - Deoclona yuccasella - male Transtilla - Dorsal view - Deoclona yuccasella - male
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Gelechioidea (Twirler Moths and kin)
Family Autostichidae
Subfamily Deocloninae
Genus Deoclona
Species yuccasella (Deoclona yuccasella - Hodges#2311)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Deoclona yuccasella Busck, 1903 (1)
See Deoclona yuccasella complex.
Phylogenetic sequence #420026.00
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet for the host plant.
Wingspan 16.2-20.0 mm. (1)
Forewing length 5.5-9.5 mm. (2)
Adult - uniformly tan head, thorax, and forewing. Hindwing white. (2) See original description in Print References. (1)
California. (3)
Types: Los Angeles, California (bred from larvae by Mr. Koebele). (1)
Adults fly late in the season after seed pods split open. (2)
Larvae bore in the dry seed pods of chaparral yucca (Hesperoyucca whipplei). (4), (1), (2)
Rarely seen in the field, apparently not attracted to lights and may be diurnal. (2)
Print References
Busck, A., 1903. A revision of the American moths of the family Gelechiidae, with descriptions of new species. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 25: 837. (1)