Moths of North Carolina
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Papaipema polymniae Bird, 1917 - Cup Plant Borer



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Taxonomy
Superfamily: Noctuoidea Family: NoctuidaeSubfamily: NoctuinaeTribe: ApameiniP3 Number: 932490.00 MONA Number: 9469.00
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: Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA                                                                                 
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution:
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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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: Piedmont records come from rich, wet-to-mesic forests. Mountain records come from cove forests and also from a high elevation site that has extensive open fields as well as stands of hardwood forests.
Larval Host Plants: Larvae appear to be monophagous on Hairy Leafcup (Smallanthus uvedalia) (Wagner et al., 2011)
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for Rich Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forests
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status: W3
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G4 SU
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 polymniae - Cup Plant Borer

Photos: 6

Recorded by: Tony McBride, Jim Petranka, and Becky Elkin on 2021-07-08
Swain Co.
Comment: A larvae that was boring in the lower stem of Hairy Leafcup (Smallanthus uvedalia).
Recorded by: Tony McBride, Jim Petranka, and Becky Elkin on 2021-07-08
Swain Co.
Comment: A larvae that was boring in the lower stem of Hairy Leafcup (Smallanthus uvedalia).
Recorded by: Tony McBride, Jim Petranka, and Becky Elkin on 2021-07-08
Swain Co.
Comment: A larvae that was boring in the lower stem of Hairy Leafcup (Smallanthus uvedalia).
Recorded by: Tony McBride, Jim Petranka, and Becky Elkin on 2021-07-08
Swain Co.
Comment: A weakened area of the lower stem where a larva was boring in Smallanthus uvedalia (see companion photo of the bore hole that was about 10-15 cm above this point)..
Recorded by: Tony McBride, Jim Petranka, and Becky Elkin on 2021-07-08
Swain Co.
Comment: A bore hole on the lower stem where a larva was boring in Smallanthus uvedalia.
Recorded by: Darryl Willis on 2020-09-01
Cabarrus Co.
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