Flower-Visiting Insects
of Silky Aster


Aster sericeus (Silky Aster)
(Bees suck nectar or collect pollen, flies and beetles suck nectar or feed on pollen, wasps and butterflies suck nectar; most observations are from Reed, otherwise they are from Swengel & Swengel and Williams as indicated below)

Bees (long-tongued)
Apidae (Bombini): Bombus affinis, Bombus impatiens, Bombus vagans; Anthophoridae (Eucerini): Melissodes dentiventris; Megachilidae (Coelioxini): Coelioxys rufitarsis; Megachilidae (Megachilini): Megachile latimanus, Megachile relativa

Bees (short-tongued)
Halictidae (Halictinae): Agapostemon sericea, Agapostemon texanus texanus, Lasioglossum leucozonia

Wasps
Ichneumonidae: Exetastes angustoralis

Flies
Syrphidae: Eristalis dimidiatus, Eristalis stipator, Helophilus latifrons, Helophilus stipatus, Syrphus sp.; Bombyliidae: Systoechus sp.

Butterflies
Pieridae: Colias sp.; Lycaenidae: Lycaeides melissa samuelis (Sw)

Beetles
Cantharidae:
Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus (Wms)


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