Flower-Visiting Insects
of Heath Aster


Aster ericoides (Heath Aster)
(Bees collect pollen or suck nectar; flies and beetles feed on pollen or suck nectar; except for a predatory assassin bug, other insects suck nectar; observations are from Robertson, Reed, Petersen, Grundel et al., and Williams as indicated below)

Bees (long-tongued)
Apidae (Apinae): Apis mellifera sn cp (Rb, Pt, Re, Gnd); Apidae (Bombini): Bombus impatiens sn fq (Rb, Re), Bombus pensylvanica sn (Rb), Psithyrus variabilis sn (Rb); Anthophoridae (Ceratinini): Ceratina sp. (Re); Anthophoridae (Eucerini): Melissodes rustica sn cp (Rb, Re); Megachilidae (Megachilini): Megachile latimanus (Re)

Bees (short-tongued)
Halictidae (Halictinae): Agapostemon sericea (Re), Agapostemon virescens (Re), Augochlora pura (Gnd), Augochlorella aurata (Gnd), Augochlorella striata (Re), Augochloropsis metallica metallica (Re), Halictus ligatus (Re), Halictus parallelus (Re), Lasioglossum sp. (Re), Lasioglossum acuminatum (Re), Lasioglossum anomalis (Re), Lasioglossum illinoensis sn cp (Rb), Lasioglossum lineatulus (Re), Lasioglossum obscurus sn cp (Rb), Lasioglossum pilosus pilosus sn (Rb, Re), Lasioglossum rohweri (Re), Lasioglossum versatus sn cp fq (Rb), Paralictus platyparius sn (Rb); Colletidae (Colletinae): Colletes americana sn cp (Rb, Re), Colletes compactus sn (Rb), Colletes simulans armata (Re); Colletidae (Hylaeinae): Hylaeus affinis (Re), Hylaeus mesillae (Re); Andrenidae (Andreninae): Andrena asteris cp olg (Re, Kr, Gnd), Andrena asteroides cp olg (Kr), Andrena hirticincta (Re), Andrena nubecula (Re), Andrena placata (Re), Andrena simplex cp olg (Re, Kr), Andrena ziziae (Re); Andrenidae (Panurginae): Calliopsis andreniformis (Kr), Heterosarus compositarum sn cp (Rb)

Wasps
Sphecidae (Crabroninae): Lestica confluentus (Rb); Sphecidae (Philanthinae): Cerceris deserta (Re); Sphecidae (Sphecinae): Ammophila procera (Rb), Eremnophila aureonotata (Rb), Prionyx atrata (Re); Vespidae: Dolichovespula maculata (Rb), Polistes annularis (Rb), Polistes fuscata (Rb, Re); Vespidae (Eumeninae): Ancistrocerus adiabatus (Re), Ancistrocerus catskill (Rb), Stenodynerus ammonia (Rb), Stenodynerus anormis (Rb); Pompilidae: Anoplius illinoensis (Rb), Anoplius lepidus (Rb), Episyron biguttatus (Re); Ichneumonidae: Exetastes angustoralis (Re)

Flies
Syrphidae: Eristalis dimidiatus (Re), Eristalis stipator (Re), Eristalis tenax (Rb), Eupeodes americanus (Rb), Helophilus fasciatus (Re), Helophilus latifrons (Re), Paragus tibialis (Rb), Sphaerophoria contiqua (Rb, Re), Syritta pipiens (Rb, Re), Syrphus sp. (Re), Toxomerus geminatus (Rb), Toxomerus marginatus (Rb, Re); Bombyliidae: Sparnopolius confusus (Rb); Tachinidae: Archytas sp. (Re), Archytas aterrima (Rb), Gymnoclytia sp. (Re), Leucostoma sp. (Re), Spallanzania hesperidarum (Rb); Sarcophagidae: Helicobia rapax (Rb); Muscidae: Bithoracochaeta leucoprocta (Rb), Limnophora narona (Rb)

Butterflies
Pieridae: Nathalis iole (Rb), Pieris rapae (Rb)

Beetles
Cantharidae: Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus (Re, Wms); Chrysomelidae: Diabrotica sp. (Re), Diabrotica undecimpunctata (Rb)

Plant Bugs
Alydidae: Alydus eurinus (Rb), Alydus pilosulus (Rb); Reduviidae: Sinea diadema prd (Rb)


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