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Genus Greya

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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 Greya
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Greya Busck, 1903 (1)
Explanation of Names
Generic epithet in honor of Thomas de Grey Walsingham (1843-1919). (1) The moths live up to their name "being primarily gray and gray-brown." (2)
Numbers
16 species, many from the Pacific Northwest. (2)
Identification
Adult - slender moths with relatively broad wings. (2)
Range
Western US.
Life Cycle
Oviposit either into floral ovaries, young seeds or stems.
Remarks
They are related to yucca moths and some species accidentally perform pollination altough they don't have the adaptations of the yucca moth.
Print References
Busck, A. 1903. Notes on Brackenridge Clemens' types of Tineina. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 5(3): 194. (1)
Davis, Pellmyr & Thompson. 1992. Biology and systematics of Greya Busck and Tetragma, new genus (Lepidoptera: Prodoxidae). Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 524: 1-74, f.251-375. (3)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Notes on Brackenridge Clemens' types of Tineina.
August Busck. 1903. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 5(3): 181-220.
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
3.Biology and systematics of Greya Busck and Tetragma, new genus (Lepidoptera: Prodoxidae).
Donald R. Davis, Olle Pellmyr & John N. Thompson. 1992. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 524: 1-74, f.251-375.