Flower-Visiting Insects
of Sky Blue Aster


Aster oolentangiensis (Sky Blue Aster)
(Bees suck nectar or collect pollen, flies & beetles suck nectar or feed on pollen, other insects suck nectar; most observations are from Reed, otherwise they are from Hilty, Krombein et al., Grundel et al., and Williams as indicated below)

Bees (long-tongued)
Apidae (Apinae): Apis mellifera (Gnd); Apidae (Bombini): Bombus affinis, Bombus fervida, Bombus impatiens (Re, Gnd), Bombus vagans; Anthophoridae (Ceratinini): Ceratina sp.; Anthophoridae (Eucerini): Melissodes dentiventris olg, Melissodes rustica, Melissodes subillata, Svastra obliqua obliqua; Megachilidae (Coelioxini): Coelioxys rufitarsis; Megachilidae (Megachilini): Megachile latimanus, Megachile relativa

Bees (short-tongued)
Halictidae (Halictinae): Agapostemon sericea, Agapostemon texanus texanus, Agapostemon virescens, Augochlora pura (Gnd), Augochlorella aurata (Gnd), Augochlorella striata, Augochloropsis metallica metallica, Halictus confusus, Halictus ligatus (Re, Gnd), Lasioglossum sp., Lasioglossum fuscipenne (Gnd), Lasioglossum lineatulus, Lasioglossum pectorale (Re, Gnd), Lasioglossum pilosum, Lasioglossum pruinosus, Lasioglossum rohweri, Lasioglossum vierecki; Colletidae (Colletinae): Colletes simulans armatus cp olg; Andrenidae (Andreninae): Andrena asteris cp olg, Andrena canadensis (Gnd), Andrena hirticincta cp olg, Andrena nubecula cp olg, Andrena simplex cp olg (Re, Kr); Andrenidae (Panurginae): Heterosarus nebrascensis

Wasps
Vespidae (Eumeninae): Ancistrocerus adiabatus

Ants
Formicidae: Unidentified species

Flies
Syrphidae: Epistrophe emarginata, Eristalis arbustorum, Eristalis dimidiatus, Eristalis stipator, Eristalis tenax, Eristalis transversus, Eupeodes sp., Helophilus fasciatus, Helophilus latifrons, Sphaerophoria sp.; Bombyliidae: Exoprosopa caliptera, Sparnopolius sp.; Conopidae: Zodion sp.; Tachinidae: Archytas sp.

Butterflies
Pieridae: Colias sp.

Skippers
Hesperiidae: Polites peckius (H)

Moths
Ctenuchidae: Cisseps fulvicollis

Beetles
Cantharidae: 
Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus (Wms); Chrysomelidae: Diabrotica sp.; Meloidae: Epicauta pennsylvanica, Luperaltica nigripalpis


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