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Insects Feeding
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Abutilon theophrastii
(Velvet Leaf) [Malvaceae]
(Observations are from Froeschner, Barnes, and Needham et al., Spencer & Steyskal, Gibb, Lundgren & Rosentrater, O'Rourke et al., White et al., Sudbrink & Grant)

Coleoptera (Beetles)
Carabidae: Amara aenea (Common Sun Beetle) [eats seeds] Wht2007, Anisodactylus sanctaecrucis [eats seeds sparingly to occasionally] LR2007 Wht2007, Harpalus pensylvanicus (Pennsylvania Ground Beetle) [eats seeds sparingly to occasionally] LR2007 Ork2006 Wht2007, Poecilus chalcites [eats seeds sparingly, not a preferred food plant] Ork2006, Poecilus lucublandus [eats seeds sparingly, not a preferred food plant] Ork2006; Chrysomelidae: Althaeus folkertsi (Velvetleaf Seed Beetle) [larvae feed on developing seeds, oligophagous] Gbb1991

Diptera (Flies)
Agromyzidae: Calycomyza jucunda [larvae mine leaves, polyphagous] Ndm1928, Calycomyza malvae [larvae are leaf-miners; found in Wisconsin, Indiana, Pennsylvania, & New York] SS1986, Ophiomyia abutilivora [larvae are stem-miners; found in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, & Mississippi] SS1986

Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Rhopalidae: Liorhyssus hyalinus (Hyaline Grass Bug) [feeds on developing seeds, polyphagous] Gbb1991, Niesthrea louisianica (Louisiana Hibiscus Bug) [feeds on flower buds, flowers, & developing seeds; syn. Niesthrea sidae] Fr1942 Gbb1991


Lepidoptera
Hesperiidae: Pyrgus communis (Checkered Skipper) [larvae feed on leaves] Bar1999; Noctuidae: Helicoverpa zea (Corn Earworm Moth) [larvae feed on developing seeds, polyphagous; syn. Heliothis zea] Gbb1991 SG1995, Heliothis virescens (Tobacco Budworm) [larvae feed on developing seeds, polyphagous] Gbb1991 SG1995

Orthoptera (Grasshoppers)
Gryllidae: Gryllus pennsylvanicus (Fall Field Cricket) [eats seeds sparingly to occasionally] LR2007 Ork2006 Wht2007
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