Flower-Visiting Insects
of Tickseed Sunflower


Bidens aristosa (Tickseed Sunflower)
(Bees collect pollen or suck nectar; beetles usually feed on pollen & are non-pollinating, otherwise they suck nectar or gnaw on the flowers; most flies suck nectar, while others feed on pollen & are non-pollinating; other insects suck nectar; some observations are from Steury et al. and Smith et al. as indicated below, otherwise observations are from Robertson)

Bees (long-tongued)
Apidae (Apinae): Apis mellifera sn; Apidae (Bombini): Bombus auricomus sn, Bombus fraternus sn, Bombus griseocallis sn fq, Bombus impatiens sn cp fq, Bombus pensylvanicus sn cp fq (Rb, Smh), Psithyrus variabilis sn; Anthophoridae (Ceratinini): Ceratina dupla dupla sn cp, Ceratina strenua (SDO); Anthophoridae (Epeolini): Epeolus autumnalis sn, Epeolus bifasciatus sn, Epeolus coreopsis sn, Epeolus pusillus sn fq, Triepeolus concavus sn, Triepeolus cressonii cressonii sn fq, Triepeolus donatus sn, Triepeolus lunatus concolor sn, Triepeolus lunatus lunatus sn, Triepeolus pectoralis sn, Triepeolus remigatus sn; Anthophoridae (Eucerini): Melissodes agilis sn fq, Melissodes bimaculata bimaculata sn, Melissodes boltoniae sn cp fq, Melissodes dentiventris sn cp, Melissodes nivea sn, Melissodes rustica sn, Melissodes trinodis sn cp fq, Svastra atripes atripes sn, Svastra obliqua obliqua sn cp; Anthophoridae (Nomadini): Nomada vicina vicina sn, Nomada vincta sn; Anthophoridae (Xylocopini): Xylocopa virginica (Smh); Megachilidae (Coelioxini): Coelioxys octodentata sn, Coelioxys sayi sn; Megachilidae (Megachilini): Megachile brevis brevis sn cp fq, Megachile mendica sn cp, Megachile petulans sn cp (Rb, Smh); Megachilidae (Trypetini): Heriades leavitti sn cp, Heriades variolosa variolosa sn

Bees (short-tongued)
Halictidae (Dufoureinae): Dufourea marginatus sn; Halictidae (Halictinae): Agapostemon sericea sn cp, Agapostemon virescens sn cp, Augochlora purus sn, Augochloropsis metallica metallica sn, Halictus ligatus sn cp, Lasioglossum coriaceus sn, Lasioglossum pruinosus sn; Colletidae (Colletinae): Colletes compactus sn fq, Colletes eulophi sn cp, Colletes simulans armata sn; Andrenidae (Andreninae): Andrena accepta sn cp, Andrena aliciae sn cp, Andrena helianthi sn; Andrenidae (Panurginae): Calliopsis andreniformis sn, Calliopsis coloradensis sn cp icp, Heterosarus compositarum sn, Heterosarus labrosiformis labrosiformis sn cp, Heterosarus rudbeckiae sn cp fq, Heterosarus solidaginis sn, Perdita octomaculatus sn cp fq icp, Pseudopanurgus rugosus sn cp

Wasps
Sphecidae (Bembicinae): Bembix americana, Bembix nubilipennis, Bicyrtes quadrifasciata, Bicyrtes ventralis, Pseudoplisus divisus; Sphecidae (Philanthinae): Cerceris prominens, Eucerceris fulvipes; Sphecidae (Sphecinae): Ammophila nigricans, Eremnophila aureonotata, Sceliphron caementaria; Vespidae: Vespula germanica; Vespidae (Eumeninae): Ancistrocerus adiabatus, Stenodynerus histrionalis; Tiphiidae: Myzinum quinquecincta; Scoliidae: Scolia bicincta; Ichneumonidae: Ceratogastra ornata, Exetastes suaveolens fq; Braconidae: Agathis longipalpus

Flies
Syrphidae: Eristalis dimidiatus sn fq, Eristalis stipator sn, Eristalis transversus sn, Eupeodes americanus fp np, Milesia virginiensis sn, Orthonevra nitida fp np, Palpada vinetorum sn, Toxomerus politus fp np; Bombyliidae: Exoprosopa decora sn, Exoprosopa fasciata sn fq, Exoprosopa fascipennis sn fq, Lepidophora lepidocera sn, Poeciloanthrax alcyon sn, Sparnopolius confusus sn fq, Systropus macer sn, Toxophora amphitea sn; Conopidae: Physocephala texana sn, Robertsonomyia palpalis sn, Zodion fulvifrons sn; Tachinidae: Archytas aterrima sn, Cylindromyia euchenor sn, Estheria abdominalis sn, Leskiomima secunda sn (Rb, MS), Periscepsia laevigata sn, Plagiomima spinosula sn fq, Scotiptera parvicornis sn fq (Townsend, MS), Spallanzania hesperidarum sn, Tachinomyia panaetius sn fq; Sarcophagidae: Sphixapata trilineata sn; Calliphoridae: Cochliomyia macellaria sn, Lucilia illustris sn, Lucilia sericata sn; Anthomyiidae: Delia platura sn, Leucophora siphonina sn

Butterflies
Nymphalidae: Danaus plexippus, Limenitis archippus, Limenitis arthemis astyanax, Phyciodes tharos, Speyeria cybele, Vanessa cardui fq; Pieridae: Colias philodice, Nathalis iole, Pieris rapae; Papilionidae: Battus philenor, Papilio polyxenes asterias

Skippers
Hesperiidae: Epargyreus clarus, Erynnis juvenalis, Polites themistocles

Moths
Noctuidae: Helicoverpa zea

Beetles
Cantharidae: Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus sn fq icp; Chrysomelidae: Calligrapha bidenticola fp np, Diabrotica undecimpunctata fp np; Curculionidae (Rhynchophorinae): Rhodobaenus tredecimpunctatus gnw np; Meloidae: Epicauta cinereus fp np, Epicauta pennsylvanica fp np

Plant Bugs
Pentatomidae: Euschistus variolaria


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