Moths of North Carolina
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Papaipema nepheleptena (Dyar, 1908) - Turtle Head Borer

Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: NoctuinaeTribe: ApameiniP3 Number: 932473.00 MONA Number: 9490.00
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: Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA, GBIF, BOLDTechnical Description, Adults: Forbes (1954)                                                                                 
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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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Our one record for this species comes from a rich cove forest
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed on Turtleheads, including Chelone glabra (Robinson et al., 2010) - View
See also Habitat Account for General Montane Herbaceous Peatlands
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status: W3
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: GNR S1S3
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.

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Recorded by: Merrill Lynch on 2013-09-30
Watauga Co.
Recorded by: Merrill Lynch on 2013-09-30
Watauga Co.