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Species Tegeticula maculata - Hodges#0197

Moth - Tegeticula maculata Tegeticula maculata ssp. extranea - Tegeticula maculata Tegeticula maculata ssp. extranea - Tegeticula maculata yucca moth - Tegeticula maculata 197  - 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)
Species maculata (Tegeticula maculata - Hodges#0197)
Hodges Number
0197
Other Common Names
Yucca moth
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Tegeticula maculata (Riley, 1881)
Pronuba maculata Riley, 1881
Numbers
Tegeticula maculata maculata (1)
Tegeticula maculata extranea (1)
Size
Forewing length 6-10 mm. (2)
Identification
Segraves & Pellmyr (2001) illustrates the wing pattern variations. (3)
Range
Powell & Opler (2009) reported southern California to Baja, California. (2)
Moth Photographers Group displays Nevada record. (4)
Lectotype ♀ Caliente, Kern County, California.
Season
The main flight period appears to be March to July. (4)
Food
Associated with the flowering of Hesperoyucca whipplei (Torr.) Baker (chaparral yucca). (2), (5), (1)
Print References
Aker, C.L. & D. Udovic 1981. Oviposition and pollination behavior of the yucca moth, Tegeticula maculata (Lepidoptera: Prodoxidae), and its relation to the reproductive biology of Yucca whipplei (Agavaceae). Oecologia 49. pp. 96-101. Abstract & access
Davis, D.R. 1967. A revision of the moths of the subfamily Prodoxinae (Lepidoptera: Incurvariidae). United States National Museum Bulletin. 255: pp. 3, 31, 38, 41-40; map 4. (1)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. p. 42, plate 1, figs. 33-35. (2)
Riley, C.V. 1892. The Yucca moth and Yucca pollination. Annual report Missouri Botanical Garden. 3. pp. 99, 121, 134, 136, 139, 157, 181, 210, 212, 216, 222.
Works Cited
1.A Revision of the Moths of the Subfamily Prodoxinae
Donald R. Davis. 1967. United States National Museum Bulletin, No. 255, 1-170.
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
3.Phylogeography of the yucca moth Tegeticula maculata: the role of historical biogeography in reconciling high ...
K. A. Segraves, O. Pellmyr. 2001. Molecular Ecology 10, 1247–1253.
4.North American Moth Photographers Group
5.Systematic revision of the yucca moths in the. Tegeticula yuccasella complex (Lepidoptera: Prodoxidae) north of Mexico
Olle Pelmyr. 1999. Systematic Entomology 24: 243-271 .