Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera

Maritime Sunflower Borer Moth
Papaipema maritima (Bird, 1909)

Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Noctuinae
Wing Span: 3.0-4.0 cm
Life History: Larvae bore into sunflower stems and form stem galls.
Flight: late-September through October.
Caterpillar Hosts: Helianthus giganteus (Giant sunflower).
Adult Food:
Habitat: Mesic and wet-mesic prairies.
Range: Coastal Atlantic states and disjunct populations in the Midwest.
Management Needs:
Taxonomy Notes: None.
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