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Species Papaipema duovata - Seaside Goldenrod Borer - Hodges#9465

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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 duovata (Seaside Goldenrod Borer - Hodges#9465)
Hodges Number
9465
Explanation of Names
"duovata" means "two eggs"; the females lay eggs in pairs on the host plant.
Identification
A dusky brown Papaipema with white reniform, orbicular, and claviform spots and dull yellow basal spots.
Range
Coastal plain from the gulf coast north to at least New Jersey
Habitat
Restricted to coastal salt marshes with Seaside Goldenrod.
Season
One of the later flying Papaipema species, mainly on the wing in October.
Food
Larvae bore into Seaside Goldenrod.
Remarks
According to Dale Schweitzer, this species can be abundant in southern New Jersey salt marshes during its relatively short flight period. They typically fly before midnight.
See Also
Several other Papaipema species have similar markings. Compare in particular to P. baptisiae.