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Species Papaipema arctivorens - Northern Burdock Borer - Hodges#9471

Papaipema arctivorens - male - female Noctuidae: Papaipema arctivorens - Papaipema arctivorens Noctuidae: Papaipema arctivorens - Papaipema arctivorens Wild Indigo Borer Moth - Papaipema arctivorens Papaipema arctivorens - female Need expert ID - dwarf Papaipema - Papaipema arctivorens - male Northern Burdock Borer - Hodges#9471 - Papaipema arctivorens Northern Burdock Borer - Hodges#9471 - Papaipema arctivorens
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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 arctivorens (Northern Burdock Borer - Hodges#9471)
Hodges Number
wingspan 27-39 mm
Adult: forewing light orange with rusty red shading and speckling; area beyond PM line dark purplish-brown except for yellowish apical patch and sometimes a yellow subterminal line; orbicular and claviform spots large, white; claviform spot usually split in two, with the smaller portion nearer to orbicular spot; reniform spot filled with ground color, and rimmed with 5 or 6 white spots; basal patch yellowish, contrasting against the brown of the adjacent AM band; hindwing pale brown with darker discal lunule and subterminal band
Quebec to northern Georgia, west to Missouri, north to Minnesota and Ontario
fields, waste places; adults are nocturnal and come to light
adults fly from August to October
larvae bore in stems or rhizomes of various species of burdock (Arctium), thistle (Cirsium), teasel (Dipsacus), and sometimes vervain (Verbena), mullein (Verbascum) [Handfield, 1999]; Wood Betony (Pedicularis canadensis)
Life Cycle
one generation per year
mated pair; larva; larva in thistle stem; spent pupa; adult
See Also
adults of similar Papaipema species are pictured in the Jim Vargo and Jim Wiker links at MPG given below
Print References
Handfield, Louis. 1999. Les Guides des Papillons du Quebec. Broquet. 662 pp.
Internet References
live adult images by various photographers, plus common name reference (Moth Photographers Group)
adult images (Larry Line, Maryland)
pinned adult image and photos of related species by Jim Wiker (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult image and photos of related species by Jim Vargo (Moth Photographers Group)
distribution in Canada list of provinces (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)