Image Number: 1440124

The stalk borer is recognized by prominent longitudinal white stripes at the head and posterior ends of the body. The stripes are interrupted by a distinct dark purple "saddle" approximately 1/3 of the distance back from the head. Full- grown larvae are about 1 to 1 1/2 inches long. Stalk borers may be found feeding on foliage or boring into the stalk of tobacco plants, usually during late June to early July. Infestations are more likely to occur along weedy field margins.
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Atelocerata
Class: Hexapoda (including Insecta)
Infraclass: Neoptera
Subclass: Pterygota
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Hadeninae
Tribe: Apameini
Genus: Papaipema
Subject: Papaipema nebris (Guenee)


Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Nicotiana
Subject: Nicotiana tabacum (burley type) L.
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Image uploaded:
Monday, January 1, 1990
Image last updated:
Tuesday, February 8, 2011