Pohl, Greg, Anweiler, Gary, Schmidt, Christian & Kondla, Norbert, 2010, An annotated list of the Lepidoptera of Alberta, Canada, ZooKeys 38 (38), pp. 1-549: 52

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8. Prodoxidae  – prodoxid moths

Small (10–28 mm wingspan) moths with a scaled proboscis and similarly shaped forewings and hindwings that are held tentlike over the body when at rest. Females have piercing ovipositors. Th is group includes the yucca moths, which have a wellstudied interdependent relationship with yucca plants. All larvae are concealed feeders in seeds, stems, and (in one species) leaves. The larva of one European species is known to induce galls in which it feeds.

Approximately 85 species of Prodoxidae  are known, mostly from the Nearctic. Sixteen species are reported from AB. Most groups in the Prodoxidae  have been revised recently ( Davis 1967; Davis et al. 1992; Pellmyr 1999; Pellmyr et al. 2005), but the genus Lampronia  is in need of modern revision.