Meaning of yucca moth in English:

yucca moth


  • 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

    ‘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.’