Insects Feeding
on this Plant:


Helenium autumnale
(Sneezeweed) [Asteraceae]
(Observations are from Hottes & Frison, Felt, Blackman & Eastop, Pepper, Lisberg & Young, Natural History Museum, Panzer et al.)

Coleoptera (Beetles)
Curculionidae: Smicronyx discoideus (Sneezeweed Weevil) Pnz2006; Mordellidae: Mordellina pustulata [larvae bore through stems] LY2003, Mordellistena convicta [larvae bore through stems] LY2003

Diptera (Flies)
Cecidomyiidae: Asphondylia autumnalis [larvae form apical rosette galls] Flt1917

Homoptera (Sucking Insects)

Aphididae: Aphis gossypii (Cotton Aphid) [polyphagous] HF1931, Aphis vernoniae [found on tips of stems & leaf undersides, Ironweed is the preferred host] HF1931 Pp1965, Uroleucon rurale Pp1965, Uroleucon tardae [found on flowering stalks underneath flowerheads, distributed in NE USA] HF1931 BE2013 Pp1965

Lepidoptera (Butterflies, Skippers, & Moths)
Geometeridae: Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria (Blackberry Looper Moth) [larvae feed on flowers] NHM2010; Noctuidae: Papaipema impecuniosa (Aster Borer Moth) NHM2010, Papaipema rigida (Rigid Sunflower Borer Moth) NHM2010; Sesiidae: Carmenta ithacae (Sneezeweed Clearwing Moth) [larvae bore into stems, crowns, & roots] NHM2010