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Tegeticula elatella

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Prodoxidae
Rank  Species
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Genus  Tegeticula
Similar  Tegeticula yuccasella, Tegeticula, Prodoxus, Prodoxidae, Yucca elata

Tegeticula elatella is a moth of the Prodoxidae family. It is found in the United States in western Texas, from the Big Bend region through southern New Mexico to south-eastern Arizona and the Verde Valley of central Arizona. The habitat consists of grassland and shrub desert.

The wingspan is 21–28 mm. The forewings are white and the hindwings are white with an area of light to medium gray near the apex.

The larvae feed on Yucca verdiensis. They feed on developing seeds. Pupation takes place in a cocoon in the soil.


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