Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Tegeticula maculata (Riley, 1881)

Family: Prodoxidae
Subfamily: Prodoxinae
Identification: The wingspan is 16–23 mm for ssp. maculata. The forewings for this subspecies are white with two to twelve black spots. The hindwings are medium gray and lightly scaled. Subspecies extranea has a wingspan of 14–19 mm. The forewings are completely black, as are the hindwings, but these are more thinly scaled.
Wing Span: 1.2-2.3 cm
Life History:
Flight: March to July.
Caterpillar Hosts: The larvae feed exclusively on developing seeds of Hesperoyucca whipplei.
Adult Food:
Habitat: Coastal chaparral and montane dry shrubby grassland.
Range: Powell & Opler (2009) reported southern California to Baja, California. (2) Moth Photographers Group displays Nevada record. (4) Lectotype ♀ Caliente, Kern County, California.
Management Needs:
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There are no sightings for this species.