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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The trees are pollinated by the yucca moth which lays its eggs in the flowers.
3) The common name of the yucca's winged friend is yucca moth or pronuba moth.
fruit retention, mutualism; pollen load; pollination; pollinator behavior; progeny performance; seed quality; selective abortion; Tegeticula; yucca; yucca moth.
Here's the reason: A female yucca moth goes out at night and visits the flowers of yucca plants only.
None of this would be history without the yucca moth, on which the Joshua depends for pollination.
Nonetheless, we predict that survival is low in egg and early instars of yucca moths, and that increased survival could alter the outcome of yucca and yucca moth interactions.
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.
Oviposition and pollination behavior of the yucca moth, Tegiticula maculata (Lepidoptera: Proxididae), and its relation to the reproductive biology of Yucca whipplei (Agavaceae).
The measured costs of being a pollinating yucca moth do not appear to be very heavy.
Microscope analysis showed pollen adhered to the wings, but no specialized mandible structures for pollen transport such as the maxillary tentacles seen in yucca moths (Pellmyr 2003).
On spring nights, Yucca moths pollinate the trees' flowers, which look like popcorn bouquets.
A better cause might have been the endangered soap-weed: at least it's needed by endangered yucca moths for survival.