Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Coneflower Borer Moth
Papaipema nelita (Strecker, 1898)

Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Noctuinae
Identification: Forewing orangish-brown to grayish-brown with reniform, orbicular, and claviform spots either white and conspicuous or dark brown and showing little contrast against ground color; subterminal area grayer than rest of wing; PM line almost straight but appears to be toothed due to dark wing veins projecting into subterminal area; ST line irregular/jagged; a dark brown or blackish medial line runs from reniform spot to inner margin; 4 or 5 tiny pale dots along costa near apex
Wing Span: 3.0-3.5 cm
Life History:
Flight: August to October
Caterpillar Hosts: Larvae bore into stems and roots of Cutleaf Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata), also reported on burdock.
Adult Food:
Habitat: Damp meadows and grasslands where foodplants grow.
Range: Nova Scotia to North Carolina, west to Illinois, north to Manitoba; also recorded in Arizona
Management Needs:
Taxonomy Notes: None.