Bibliography on Tegeticula sp., Yucca moth, Palomilla de la yuca

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Tegeticula sp. is a genre of moths, which are of great interest due their coevolution with yucca. The yucca moth has developed an amazing mimicry with the yucca flower, in addition, has a symbiotic relationship, where the moth can deposit its eggs in the flower and ensure their offspring, while the flower is pollinated by the moth. Its research is interesting for scientists and students, and very useful to understand the coevolution between moths and plants.


PDF, Articles, Books on the yucca moth, Tegeticula sp.

  • ALTHOFF, David, SEGRAVES, Kari, LEEBENS, James and Olle PELLMYR
  • 2006
  • Patterns of Speciation in the Yucca Moths: Parallel Species Radiations within the Tegeticula yuccasella Species Complex. Systematic Biology. Vol. 55, No. 3. Pages 398-410.

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  • PELLMYR, Olle and Manuel BALCÁZAR
  • 2000
  • Systematics of the Yucca Moth Genus Parategeticula (Lepidoptera: Prodoxidae), with Description of Three Mexican Species. Annals of the Entomological Society of America. Vol. 93, No. 3. Pages 432-439.

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  • RENTERIA, Laura and César CANTÚ
  • 2003
  • El Efecto de Tegeticula yuccasella riley (Lepidoptera: Prodoxidae) Sobre la Fenología Reproductiva de Yucca filifera Chabaud (Agavaceae) en Linares, N.L., México. Acta Zoológica Mexicana. No. 89. Pages 85-92.

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First posted November 2017.

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