New York Natural Heritage Program
Ostrich Fern Borer Moth
Papaipema sp. 2 nr. pterisii
Insects

Habitat [-]
While this species is likely to be most characteristic of floodplain forests, the adults and larvae can turn up in any forested or edge habitat in which ostrich fern is widespread or at least locally abundant. In New York, the ostrich fern borer and the bracken borer (P. pterisii) will seldom or never occur together, but they occur together in parts of Vermont.

Associated Ecological Communities [-]
  • Floodplain forest*
    A hardwood forest that occurs on mineral soils on low terraces of river floodplains and river deltas. These sites are characterized by their flood regime; low areas are annually flooded in spring, and high areas are flooded irregularly.

    * probable association but not confirmed