Definition of yucca moth in English:

yucca moth

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noun

  • A small white American moth which lays its eggs in the ovary of a yucca plant. While doing so it deposits a ball of pollen on the stigma, thereby fertilizing the seeds on which the larvae feed.
    • Genus Tegeticula, family Incurvariidae: several species, in particular T. yuccasella
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    • This small moth is completely dependent on the yucca plant for its existence, and the yucca plant is completely dependent on the yucca moth for its survival.
    • Early fruit abortion is a major mortality factor to the yucca moth's progeny, and the female can increase retention by providing high-quality pollinations.

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