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Species Papaipema nebris - Stalk Borer - Hodges#9496

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tribe Apameini
Genus Papaipema (Borer Moths)
Species nebris (Stalk Borer - Hodges#9496)
Hodges Number
Explanation of Names
Papaipema nebris (Guenée, 1852)
Egg, 0.4-0.6mm. Larva, up to 31.8mm. Pupa, 16-22mm. Adult, 25-40mm wingspan. (NCSU Website)
Dark brown body and wings with white antennae. 5-6 small white spots along costa near apex. (1)
e NA, but rare in se and in Canada - Map - (MPG)(1)
East of the Rocky Mountains, southern Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. (NCSU Website)
mostly Jul-Oct - MPG
Common pest of corn, but will eat a wide variety of large-stemmed plants, including milkweed (NCSU)(2)
Life Cycle
larva, larval hole in stem, larva in stem cavity, adult
Print References
Covell, pp. 126-127, plate 26 #7. (1)
Decker, George C. 1931. The biology of the stalk borer Papaipema nebris, Research Bulletin #142, Agricultural Research Station, Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, Ames, Iowa.
Internet References
Stalk Borer, North Carolina State University
The Common Stalk Borer in Corn, University of Kentucky Entomology
Works Cited
1.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
2.HOSTS - The Hostplants and Caterpillars Database