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yucca moth

noun
1.
any of several white moths of the genus Tegeticula that pollinate the yucca plant, the larvae of which develop in the ovary of the plant, consuming some of the seeds.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95
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Examples from the web for yucca moth
  • The yucca and the yucca moth have a fascinating dependency on one another which includes trysts in the night.
  • In addition to ideal weather, the pollination of flowers requires a visit from the yucca moth.
  • The flowers are pollinated primarily by the yucca moth.
  • The yucca moth pollinates the yucca flower while she lays her eggs.
Encyclopedia Article for yucca moth

(genus Tegeticula), any of four species of insects of the Prodoxidae family of moths (order Lepidoptera). The adults are small, diurnal, and have tiny spines covering their wings

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