Tegeticula maculata

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Tegeticula maculata
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T. maculata
Binomial name
Tegeticula maculata
(Riley, 1881)
Synonyms
  • Pronuba maculata Riley, 1881
  • Pronuba apicella Dyar, 1903
  • Thia extranea Edwards, 1888
  • Pronuba aterrima Trelease, 1893

Tegeticula maculata is a moth of the family Prodoxidae. It is found in North America in central-southern cismontane California, in the Sierra Nevada north to Fresno County, in north-western Arizona, and from Baja California Norte to the Vizcaino region. The habitat consists of coastal chaparral and montane dry shrubby grassland.

The wingspan is 16–23 mm for ssp. maculata. The forewings for this subspecies are white with two to twelve black spots. The hindwings are medium gray and lightly scaled. Subspecies extranea has a wingspan of 14–19 mm. The forewings are completely black, as are the hindwings, but these are more thinly scaled.[1]

The larvae feed exclusively on developing seeds of Hesperoyucca whipplei.[2] It is the sole pollinator of Hesperoyucca whipplei. Pupation takes place in a cocoon in the soil.

Subspecies[edit]

  • Tegeticula maculata maculata
  • Tegeticula maculata extranea (Edwards, 1888)

References[edit]

  1. ^ TOLweb
  2. ^ Riley, CV (1892). "The yucca moths and yucca pollination". Third Annual Report, Missouri Botanical Garden. 3: 99–158.