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Genus Tegeticula - Yucca moth

Yucca moth - Tegeticula Yuccasella - Tegeticula yuccasella Tegeticula yuccasella complex - Hodges#0198 - Tegeticula yuccasella Tegeticula maculata ssp. extranea - Tegeticula maculata Tegeticula maculata ssp. extranea - Tegeticula maculata Yucca Moth (Tegeticula sp.) - Tegeticula Yucca Moth (Tegeticula sp.) - Tegeticula yucca moth - Tegeticula maculata
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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 Tegeticula (Yucca moth)
Explanation of Names
Author: Zeller 1873.
Numbers
14 species, according to Tree of Life.
Nomina Nearctica lists only three species.
Identification
"The thorax is humpy. This is characteristic of Tegeticula, whereas Prodoxus has a smaller thorax that tapers off further with the head. I sometimes refer to their resting profiles as 'race car' (Prodoxus) and 'bulldog'." (Dr. Olle Pellmyr)
Some species have orange legs.
Remarks
The fascinating relationship between yucca moths (genus Tegeticula) and yucca plants (genus Yucca) is one of the celebrated examples of mutualistic plant-insect interactions. Its discovery and fascinating details are richly presented in the links and articles cited below under "Print References".
Print References
D.M. Althoff, K.A. Segraves, C.I. Smith, J. Leebens-Mack, & O. Pellmyr (2012). "Geographic isolation trumps coevolution as a driver of yucca and yucca moth diversification". Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 62(3), pp. 898–906 (PDF)
M. Ramsay & J. R. Schrock (1995). "The Yucca Plant and the Yucca Moth", Kansas School Naturalist, 41(2), pp.1-13 (Full Text)
O. Pellmyr, J.N. Thompson, J.M. Brown, & R.G. Harrison (1996). "Evolution of pollination and mutualism in the yucca moth lineage". Amer. Nat., 148(5), pp 827-847 (PDF)
Pellmyr, O. (2003). "Yuccas, yucca moths and coevolution: a review". Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, 90:35-55. (PDF)
C.A. Sheppard & R.A. Oliver (2004). "Yucca Moths and Yucca Plants: Discovery of 'the Most Wonderful Case of Fertilisation'". Am. Entomol., 50(1) pp. 32-47 (PDF)
C. R. Smith (2010). "Coevolution of Joshua trees and their Pollinators". Mojave National Preserve Science Newsletter, Number 1, pp. 4-8 (PDF)
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Internet References
The Yucca and its Moth from "Waynes Word" by Wayne Amrstrong.
Works Cited
1.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.