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Species Papaipema nepheleptena - Turtle head borer moth - Hodges#9490

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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 nepheleptena (Turtle head borer moth - Hodges#9490)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Papaipema nepheleptena (Dyar, 1908)
Gortyna nepheleptena Dyar, 1908
Phylogenetic sequence # 932473 (1)
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 47 species of the genus Papaipema in America north of Mexico. (1)
Dyar (1908) listed a wingspan of 33 mm.
Dyar (1908) original description as Gortyna nepheleptena is online and linked in the print references.
Beadle & Leckie (2012) reported the range to include southeastern Canada and northeastern United States. (2)
The main flight period appears to be August to October. (3), (4)
The larvae bore into the stems of Chelone sp. (turtlehead). Also Verbena hastata.
Beadle & Leckie (2012) reported the species to be uncommon. (2)
Print References
Dyar, H.G., 1908. Descriptions of some new species of American Noctuidae. The Canadian Entomologist 40(3): 77.