Stalk borer

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Stalk borer
Papaipema nebris.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Papaipema
Species: P. nebris
Binomial name
Papaipema nebris
Guenée, 1852
  • Gortyna nebris
  • Gortyna nitela
  • Papaipema nitella

The stalk borer (Papaipema nebris) is a moth of the Noctuidae family. It is found from southern Canada, through the Eastern United States (East of the Rocky Mountains) to the Gulf of Mexico, although it is absent from Florida.

Papaipema nebris1.jpg

This wingspan is 25–44 mm. The moth flies from June to September depending on the location.

The larvae are considered a pest of corn but also feed on various other large-stemmed plants, such as Ambrosia trifida.


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