Photo by Melody

Yucca Moth (Tegeticula yuccasella)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Prodoxidae
Genus: Tegeticula
Species: yuccasella


2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Glouster, Ohio

By DiOhio
Thumbnail #1 of Yucca Moth (Tegeticula yuccasella) by DiOhio

By DiOhio

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Member Notes:

Positive DiOhio On Jan 26, 2007, DiOhio from Corning, OH
(Zone 6a) wrote:

Host Plant: yucca.

The maxillary palp in the female Yucca moth bears a long, curved "tentacle" for collecting pollen from Yuccas.
The female punctures the pistil of a Yucca flower, inserts 1 egg per puncture, and then packs pollen into the opening. This ensures pollinization of the flower and a seed supply for the larvae to feed on.
Adults emerge when Yucca plants bloom.

Positive sewersadie On Mar 20, 2014, sewersadie from Sydney
Australia wrote:

Can someone please help me identify this moth? It looks a lot like this other greenish moth but doesn't have the pink border that my dead moth has.. how can I upload the photos please? I'm very intrigued to know the name/species of this bug.

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