All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Yucca moth larvae</strong>
<em>Tegeticula yuccasella</em> 
Hodges #0198
Oak Ridge, TN
June 6, 2007

I found these 2 tiny Yucca Moth larvae in a flower that had fallen from the plant in my neighbor's yard. When I opened the green ovary, I ...
Yucca moth larvae
Tegeticula yuccasella
Hodges #0198
Oak Ridge, TN
June 6, 2007

I found these 2 tiny Yucca Moth larvae in a flower that had fallen from the plant in my neighbor's yard. When I opened the green ovary, I saw them crawling around in it. I doubt if they will survive, if the flowers are not on the plant, they will wilt and die. The larvae eat the developing seeds that were fertilized by their mother a few weeks earlier.

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