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Ash-tip Borer Moth (Papaipema furcata)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Ash-tip Borer Moth



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Ash tree and boxelder branches are prime feeding grounds for the larvae of the Ash-Tip Borer Moth.



Updated: 01/26/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The golden brown Ash-Tip Borer Moth has a trio of white spots on the upper half of each forewing. The middle spot is smaller than the outer two. A larger, lower white mark resembles a cracked egg with yolk running through the middle. Two single white dots sit near the furry thorax. They are active from late summer through autumn and are nocturnal.

Caterpillars of the Ash-Tip Borer are a type of cutworm thanks to their slicing ability and worm-like body. They cut into the soft stems and twigs of ash trees and boxelder bushes after hatching. They remain there, feeding on the host plant until they pupate.




General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Noctuidae
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          Genus: Papaipema
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            Species: furcata
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Papaipema furcata
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 21mm to 26mm (0.82" to 1.02")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown, tan, white, yellow
Descriptors: brown, orange, white spots, trio, triplet, beige, flying
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 21mm (0.8in) and 26mm (1.0in)
Lo: 21mm
Md: 23.5mm
Hi: 26mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Ash-tip Borer Moth may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Ash-tip Borer Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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