BugBytes YouTube: Life Cycle of Giant Yucca-Skipper

Yucca Giant-skipper, photo courtesy of UFL Entomology.

Yucca Giant-skipper, photo courtesy of UFL Entomology.

Andy Warren from the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Biodiversity at the University of Florida takes us on a YouTube safari looking for Yucca Giant-skipper, Megathymus yuccae, in Florida.  These are stem and leaf borers of yucca as larvae, and finding them requires excavation of the yucca.  The adults are rarely seen and short-lived, so to study their geographic diversity lepidopterists need to find and rear them from yucca.

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