Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1161193

Mayapple Borer Moth
Papaipema rutila

Observation date: June 04, 2018
Submitted by: mothman27
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Found in Mayapple stems. Total of eight were found. I believe this is P. rutila but I would appreciate confirmation. I have read that P. cerina larvae do not have the dark segment which these posses. I do not know of any other Papaipema that feed on Mayapple. I am currently attempting to rear them in carrots although this is a first for me.
Status: Resident
Verified by: Howell_Curtis
Verified date: June 10, 2018
Coordinator notes: Let me know how the rearing comes out (hccu2@yahoo.com).
Checklist region(s): Steuben County, United States, Indiana