Moths of North Carolina
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Papaipema cataphracta (Grote, 1864) - Burdock Borer


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: NoctuinaeTribe: ApameiniP3 Number: 932497.00 MONA Number: 9466.00
Comments: One of 44 species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Lafontaine and Schmidt, 2010, 2015), 30 of which have been recorded in North Carolina
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA                                                                                 
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Immature Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Wagner et al. (2011) list the following as habitats used by this species: fields, waste lots, wetlands, grasslands, glades, and woodlands. The majority of our records come from wet-to-mesic habitats. In the Coastal Plain, records come from sites with extensive swamp forests and/or pond edges. In the Piedmont, most are from bottomlands, including beaver ponds, stream edges, and from at least one old field. In the Mountains, alluvial habitats and cove forests are prominent, with a few from high elevation sites, including primarily forested sites as well some that are partially open. None of our records come from dry sites and most are at least partially forested.
Larval Host Plants: Larvae are borers in a wide range of herbaceous species, including grasses and other monocot families, composites, and members of a number of other dicot families (Wagner et al., 2011). In North Carolina, we have found larvae boring in the stems of Wingstem (Verbesina alternifolia) and Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium), but many other species are undoubtedly used.
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Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5 S3S4
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.
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 Photo Gallery for Papaipema cataphracta - Burdock Borer

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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-10-24
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-10-18
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-10-16
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-10-15
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-10-10
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-10-09
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-10-08
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-10-08
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-10-07
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-10-07
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Tony McBride, Jim Petranka, and Becky Elkin on 2021-07-08
Swain Co.
Comment: Larva was boring in the stem of Rudbeckia laciniata.
Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2021-06-30
Mitchell Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2021-06-25
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2021-06-25
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-05-29
Buncombe Co.
Comment: Larva was boring in the stem of Wingstem (Verbesina alternifolia) below the top of the shoot and caused shoot wilting.
Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-05-29
Buncombe Co.
Comment: Larva was boring in the stem of Wingstem (Verbesina alternifolia) below the top of the shoot and caused shoot wilting.
Recorded by: Casey Sellers on 2020-11-04
Granville Co.
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Recorded by: Casey Sellers on 2020-11-04
Granville Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2020-10-25
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2020-10-22
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2020-10-15
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2020-10-15
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-06-11
Madison Co.
Comment: Larva was boring in the stem of Wingstem (Verbesina alternifolia) about six inches from the top of the shoot and caused shoot wilting.
Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-06-11
Madison Co.
Comment: Larva was boring in the stem of Wingstem (Verbesina alternifolia) about six inches from the top of the shoot and caused shoot wilting.
Recorded by: Owen and Pat McConnell on 2019-10-16
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: Owen and Pat McConnell on 2019-10-15
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-10-05
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-10-05
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-06-02
Madison Co.
Comment: Larvae was burrowing in the stem of Tall Goldenrod (Solidago altissima).
Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2019-06-02
Madison Co.
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