yucca moth

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yucca moth

n.
Any of several small moths of the genera Tegeticula and Parategeticula that are the sole pollinators of yucca plants. The moths lay their eggs in the flowers when pollinating them, and the larvae eat a portion of the seeds.
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Mitochondrial DNA phylogeny of the Prodoxidae (Lepidoptera: Incurvarioidea) indicates rapid ecological diversification of yucca moths.
Pollen dispersal in Yucca filamentosa (Agavaceae): the paradox of self-pollination behavior by Tegeticula yuccasella (Prodoxidae).
Furthermore, they consider that sensilla styloconica, uniporous sensilla characteristic of the proboscis of lepidopterans, appear for the first time in the Incurvarioidea (Adelidae, Incurvariidae, Prodoxidae), i.e.
Otras: con un articulo Amatidae Apatelodidae Cosmopterygidae Epiplemidae Lymantriidae Notodontidae Zygaenidae Familia Numero de articulos Nymphalidae 46 Papilionidae 39 Pieridae 31 Arctiidae 25 Saturniidae 24 Sphingidae 22 Geometridae 16 Lycaenidae 11 Noctuidae 8 Ctenuchiadae 7 Dioptidae 5 Pyralidae 5 Psychidae 4 Hesperiidae 4 Acrolophidae 3 Uraniidae 3 Lasiocampidae 3 Agaristidae 2 Castniidae 2 Cossidae 2 Nolidae 2 Prodoxidae 2 Otras 7 Nota: Tabla derivada de grafico de barra.
The yucca moth (Tegeticula yuccasella (Riley), family Prodoxidae) is the sole pollinator of the many yucca plants in the Sand Hills.
Oviposition and pollination behavior of the yucca moth, Tegeticula maculata (Lepidoptera: Prodoxidae), and its relation to the reproductive biology of Yucca whipplei (Agavaceae).
Phylogeny of Greya (Lepidoptera: Prodoxidae), based on nucleotide sequence variation in mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase I and II.
Biology and systematics of Greya Busck and Tetragma, new genus (Lepidoptera: Prodoxidae).
Phylogeny of Greya (Lepidoptera: Prodoxidae) based on nucleotide sequence variation in mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase I and II: Congruence with morphological data.
Greya subalba (Prodoxidae) moths oviposit into the developing seeds and distribute their eggs broadly among plants throughout the population (Thompson 1986, 1987).
The genus Greya (Prodoxidae) is the sister taxon to the yucca moth clade and includes 15-16 species that have radiated onto plants in the Saxifragaceae and Umbelliferae (Thompson 1987, Davis et al.
Recent combined ecological and phylogenetic work for the yucca moth family Prodoxidae (Pellmyr and Thompson 1992, Pellmyr et al, 1996a) suggests that the origin of active pollination arose among organisms that already possessed most of the traits required to select for active pollination and obligate mutualism, thus this instance required little evolutionary novelty at its inception.