Moths of North Carolina
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View PDFNoctuidae Members: 8 NC Records

Papaipema inquaesita (Grote & Robinson, 1868) - Sensitive Fern Borer

Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: NoctuinaeTribe: ApameiniP3 Number: 932476.00 MONA Number: 9483.00
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
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
County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
Flight 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: Our records come mainly from wet habitats, including mountain bogs, wet meadows, and riparian habitats. One record comes from a ridge top adjoining an extensive mesic forest, but with a stream valley at the bottom of the slope.
Larval Host Plants: Larvae are borers in Sensitive Fern (Onoclea sensibilis) (Wagner et al.,2011)
See also Habitat Account for General Broadleaf Herbaceous Mires
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
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.

 Photo Gallery for Papaipema inquaesita - Sensitive Fern Borer

Photos: 4

Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2019-07-30
Buncombe Co.
Recorded by: j.wyche on 2013-10-07
Gates Co.
Recorded by: j.wyche on 2013-10-07
Gates Co.
Recorded by: Doug Blatny/Jackie Nelson on 2012-08-30
Ashe Co.