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Species Papaipema beeriana - Blazing Star borer moth - Hodges#9508

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Classification
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 beeriana (Blazing Star borer moth - Hodges#9508)
Hodges Number
9508
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Papaipema beeriana Bird, 1923
Phylogenetic sequence # 932508
Numbers
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 47 species of the genus Papaipema in America north of Mexico. (1)
Range
Primarily a Midwestern species. (2)
Habitat
Papaipema beeriana occurs in undisturbed prairies in close association with the host plant. (2)
Season
The flight period is late August through early October. (2)
Food
The larvae feed on Liatris spp. (blazing stars). (2)
Remarks
Listed by United States Fish & Wildlife Region 9 listed the status as Sensitive, and stated,
"The Nature Conservancy’s Heritage Program ranks this species as G3. This ranking means Papaipema beeriana is rare and uncommon globally (Illinois Natural Heritage Database 1999). Papaipema beeriana is unranked by the Illinois Natural Heritage Program Papaipema beeriana has been extirpated in much of it’s historic range and rare throughout it’s current range. Reasons for this decline are loss of prairie habitat. The populations vary from several large to most being fairly small. Most of the populations are isolated from other populations." (2)
Internet References
Michigan Natural Features Inventory – complete description of species