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Papaipema nebris

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Papaipema nebris

Stalk Borer
Binomial: Papaipema nebris
Order: Lepidoptera
Metamorphosis: Complete
Damaging stages: Larval
Generations per year: 1-2

The Common Stalk Borer, Papaipema nebris, is a pest of a very wide range of host plants.


Caterpillars are brown with a white dorsal stripe, primarily living inside the stalks or twigs of host plants, but migrating between hosts as they grow. Adults are gray moths.

Symptoms and SignsEdit

Tunnelling of stalks and twigs.


Overwintering as pupae in weedy areas. More problematic in no-till systems, since plowing under provides good control.

Host plantsEdit