Prodoxus atascosanellus

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Prodoxus atascosanellus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Prodoxidae
Genus: Prodoxus
Species: P. atascosanellus
Binomial name
Prodoxus atascosanellus
Pellmyr & Balcazar-Lara, 2005

Prodoxus atascosanellus is a moth of the Prodoxidae family. It is found from the Houston area of coastal Texas in the United States, south to the Mexican state of Michoacán, and west to the state of Durango.

The wingspan is 8.6-10.8 mm for males and 9.1-12.5 mm for females. The forewings are white, but mostly with a dark brown coloration. The hindwings are light gray or gray at base, then gradually becoming gray along the outer edge.[1] Adults are on wing from mid February to May.

The larvae feed on Yucca treculeana, Yucca filifera and Yucca decipiens. They feed superficially inside the flowering stalk of their host plant.

Etymology[edit]

The species name refers to the type locality, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, in the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo river delta of southern Texas.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pellmyr, O, 2006: Phylogeny and life history evolution of Prodoxus yucca moths (Lepidoptera: Prodoxidae). Systematic Entomology 31: 1-20.