Insects Feeding
on these Plants:


Erigeron spp.
(Fleabane) [Asteraceae]
(Observations are from Wagner, Dmitirev & Dietrich, Microleps website, Hottes & Frison, Covell, Cranshaw, Needham et al., Blackman & Eastop, Watson, Spencer & Steyskal, Lisberg & Young, Natural History Museum, ScaleNet)

Coleoptera (Beetles)
Mordellidae: Mordellina pustulata [larvae bore through stems] LY2003, Mordellistena cervicalis [larvae bore through stems] LY2003, Mordellistena pulchra [larvae bore through stems] LY2003

Diptera (Flies)
Agromyzidae: Amauromyza maculosa [larvae are blotch leaf-miners; widespread] SS1986, Calycomyza humeralis (Aster Leafminer) [larvae are blotch leaf-miners; widespread] SS1986, Calycomyza jucunda [larvae are leaf-miners, polyphagous] Ndm1928, Calycomyza platyptera [larvae are leaf-miners; found in Maryland & Mississippi] SS1986, Phytomyza erigerophila [larvae are leaf-miners; found in Tennessee & Canada] SS1986

Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Miridae: Polymerus basalis [found in meadows & pastures] Wat1928

Homoptera (Sucking Insects)
Aphididae: Aphis middletonii (Erigeron Root Aphid) Crw2004, Brachycaudus helichrysi (Leafcurl Plum Aphid) [curls leaves of plum trees, migrating to the stems & inflorescences of various herbaceous plants] BE2013, Illinoia goldamaryae [found on young growth, distributed in E USA & Canada] BE2013, Prociphilus erigeronensis [found on the roots of many herbaceous plants in the Asteraceae & other plant families; this aphid is widely distributed in USA, it is also found in Ontario] BE2013, Stegophylla querci HF1931, Uroleucon erigeronensis [found on upper stems, observed in Illinois & Minnesota] HF1931 BE2013, Uroleucon gravicorne [found in north-central & NE USA, including Illinois] HF1931 BE2013, Uroleucon macgillivrayae [distributed in NE USA & E Canada, including Illinois] BE2013; Cicadellidae: Empoasca alboneura DD2010; Pseudococcidae:
Phenacoccus solani (Solanum Mealybug) [found on lower leaves & roots, polyphagous; this insect has been found in Maryland & Virginia, although it occurs primarily in southern & western USA] SN2014, Pseudococcus maritimus (Grape Mealybug) [found on foliage, polyphagous; this insect is widely distributed] SN2014, Pseudococcus sorghiellus (Trochanter Mealybug) [polyphagous; this insect is widely distributed in eastern USA] SN2014, Spilococcus geraniae (Geranium Mealybug) [found on leaf undersides & leaf axils, polyphagous; this insect has been found in New York, California, & Bristish Columbia; Herb Robert was observed as a host plant in New York] SN2014

Lepidoptera (Butterflies, Skippers, & Moths)

Bucculatricidae: Bucculatrix angustata [larvae are leaf-miners] Ndm1928 NHM2010; Geometridae: Eupithecia miserulata (Common Pug) [larvae feed on flowerheads] Wg2005, Synchlora aerata (Wavy-lined Emerald) [larvae feed on flowerheads] Cv2005; Gracillariidae: Parectopa plantaginisella [larvae are blotch leaf-miners] Mic2010 Ndm1928 NHM2010; Noctuidae: Cucullia florea (Gray Hooded Owlet) [larvae feed on flowerheads] NHM2010, Cucullia speyeri (Speyer's Hooded Owlet) [found in northern IL, larvae feed on flowerheads] Cv2005 NHM2010, Schinia lynx (Lynx Flower Moth) [larvae feed on flowerheads] Cv2005 NHM2010, Schinia obscurata (Erigeron Flower Moth) [larvae feed on flowerheads] NHM2010