Prodoxus sordidusOlle Pellmyr
Wing expanse 8-14 mm. Forewing uniformly cream to dark tan, without pattern. Hindwings usually a somewhat darker shade, gray.
No described species is similar, but two species are compiled under this name (Frack 1982). Diagnostic traits to distinguish between them have not been published.
Only from Yucca brevifolia, the Joshua Tree. Larva is said to bore in fleshy parts of the fruit (Davis 1967).
Throughout the range of Yucca brevifolia: Mojave desert in SE California, NW Arizona, and S Nevada.
In shrub desert with Yucca brevifolia; a striking habitat photograph is provided by U2 (1987).
Davis, D.R. 1967. A revision of the moths of the subfamily Prodoxinae (Lepidoptera: Incurvariidae). U.S. Nat. Hist. Mus., Bull. 255:1-170. Smiths. Contrib. Zool. 524:1-88.
Frack, D.C. 1982. A systematic study of prodoxine moths (Adelidae: Prodoxinae) and their hosts (Agavaceae), with descriptions of the subfamilies of Adelidae (s. lat.). M.S. thesis, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA.
U2. 1987. The Joshua Tree. Island Records Inc., New York.
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