Flower-Visiting Insects
of Aster


Aster spp. (Aster)
(Most asters in Illinois are now assigned to the Symphyotrichum genus. Insects suck nectar or their activity is unspecified; observations are from Lisberg & Young, Smith et al., Grundel et al., and Lovell)

Bees (long-tongued)
Apidae (Bombini): Bombus fraternus (Smh), Bombus impatiens (Smh), Bombus pensylvanicus fq (Smh), Psithyrus variabilis sn (Smh); Anthophoridae (Ceratinini): Ceratina calcarata (Gnd), Ceratina dupla (Gnd), Ceratina mikmaqi (Gnd), Ceratina strenua (Gnd); Anthophoridae (Epeolini): Epeolus spp. sn (Smh); Anthophoridae (Eucerini): Melissodes communis communis fq (Smh), Melissodes denticulata (Smh, Gnd), Melissodes trinodis sn fq (Smh), Melissodes wheeleri (Smh), Svastra aegis (Smh); Anthophoridae (Exomalopsini): Anthophorula asteris [syn. Exomalopsis asteris] (Smh); Anthophoridae (Nomadini): Nomada spp. sn (Smh), Nomada vincta sn (Smh); Anthophoridae (Xylocopini): Xylocopa virginica (Smh); Megachilidae (Coelioxini): Coelioxys germana sn (Smh); Megachilidae (Megachilini): Megachile mendica (Smh); Megachilidae (Osmiini): Heriades variolosus (Gnd)

Bees (short-tongued)
Halictidae (Halictinae): Agapostemon virescens (Gnd), Augochlora pura (Gnd), Augochlorella aurata (Smh, Gnd), Augochloropsis metallica (Gnd), Lasioglossum pectorale (Gnd), Lasioglossum subviridatum (Gnd), Lasioglossum tegulare (Smh); Colletidae (Hylaeinae): Hylaeus affinis (Smh), Hylaeus mesillae (Smh); Andrenidae (Andreninae): Andrena runcinatae (Gnd); Andrenidae (Panurginae): Pseudopanurgus solidaginis (Gnd)

Beetles
Chrysomelidae: Diabrotica undecimpunctata howardi (Lv2); Coccinellidae: Coleomegilla maculata (Lv2); Curculionidae: Centrinaspis picumna (Lv2); Meloidae: Epicauta pennsylvanica (Lv2); Mordellidae: Mordellistena suturella (LY)


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