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
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
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