Yucca Moth Tegeticula yuccasella Riley, 1873  Synonyms: Hodges #0198.

Status:

May represent a complex of species. "Recently the species traditionally called T. yuccasella has been identified as being a complex of at least 13 species, many of which have very distinctive biology. Among them are two non-pollinating species of 'cheater yucca moths'. The reader should bear in mind that many papers written before the recent revision that provide, e.g., measures of seed consumption, actually provide composite measurements of all coexisting species. This problem only applies to the yuccasella complex ('the white species')." (Tree of Life, 1997).

Where to find:

Check blooming Yucca flowers.

Relationships:

Has an obligate mutualism with Yucca such as Adam's Needle. Yucca relies on these moths for pollination, and Yucca Moths feed on the developing seeds of Yucca plants.

There are 28 records in the project database.

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A group of Yucca Moths in a Yucca flower in Harford Co., Maryland (6/14/2018). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Yucca Moths on Adam's Needle (Yucca) in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/14/2014). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Yucca Moth on Adam's Needle in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/15/2014). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Yucca Moth in Prince George's Co., Maryland (6/20/2014). Photo by Rick Borchelt. (MBP list)

A Yucca Moth in Harford Co., Maryland (6/19/2018). Note the hunched appearance where the thorax meets the head. This is key in ruling out the very similar Bogus Yucca Moth. Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Yucca Moths in Allegany Co., Maryland (6/20/2015). Photo by Kimberly Booth. (MBP list)

A Yucca Moth in Allegany Co., Maryland (7/11/2014). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Yucca Moth on Adam's Needle in Howard Co., Maryland (6/16/2014). Photo by Justine Schaeffer. (MBP list)

A Yucca Moth in Kent Co., Maryland (6/20/2014). Photo by Rick Borchelt. (MBP list)

A Yucca Moth in Howard Co., Maryland (6/17/2004). Photo by Larry Line. (MBP list)


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