Ants and yucca pollination

Submitted by DesertZone on Wed, 07/11/2012 - 17:05

Ants and yucca pollination.

I can't belive a yucca moth would want to land on the only yucca with ants on it. I have seed on my yuccas but only when the ants attack them, never on the ones ants leave alone.
I have seen this several times in the past years, and yes the produce seed. I have wild yuccas that have popped up from this seed.
Has anyone else had yuccas produce seed without the help of yucca moths?


Submitted by Lori S. on Wed, 07/11/2012 - 20:14

I've had a few pods with what appeared to be viable seed develop on Yucca filamentosa... I didn't observe whether it was ants or something else pollinating it but there are definitely no yucca moths here!

Submitted by DesertZone on Thu, 07/12/2012 - 12:30

That is interesting, seems like nature finds a way in same cases. :)