Insects Feeding
on these Plants:


Nuphar spp.
(Pond Lily) [Nymphaeaceae]
(Observations are from Marshall, Hottes & Frison, Clark et al., Covell, Cranshaw, Blackman & Eastop, Harms & Grodowitz)

Coleoptera (Beetles)

Chrysomelidae: Donacia palmata [feeds on roots & leaves, found in NE USA & north-central USA] HG2009, Donacia parvidens Clk2004, Donacia piscatrix (False Longhorn Leaf Beetle) [larvae feed on stems & petioles, found in Michigan] Crw2004 HG2009, Donacia proxima [feeds on roots & leaves, found in Michigan] HG2009, Donacia rufescens Clk2004, Donacia texana [feeds on roots & leaves; this beetle occurs mostly in SE USA, but it also occurs in New Jersey and possibly Ontario] HG2009, Galerucella nymphaeae (Waterlily Leaf Beetle) [syn. Xanthogaleruca nymphaeae, adults & larvae feed on foliage] Crw2004 Msh2006

Diptera (Flies)
Chironomidae: Tribelos quadripunctatus [syn. Hyporhygma quadripunctatum, larvae bore into petioles; this insect has been found in Michigan, North Carolina, & elsewhere] HG2009

Homoptera (Sucking Insects)
Aphididae: Rhopalosiphum maidis HF1931, Rhopalosiphum nymphaeae (Waterlily Aphid) [found on young shoots, petioles, & fruit stalks of cherry & plum trees, migrating during the summer to a wide variety of emergent aquatic & floating aquatic plants; this aphid is widely distributed in North America, including Illinois] BE2013

Lepidoptera (Butterflies, Skippers, & Moths)
Crambidae: Parapoynx obscuralis (Obscure Pondweed Moth) [larvae feed on floating leaves, found in E. USA & SE Canada] Cv2005, Synclita obliteralis (Waterlily Leafcutter Moth) [syn. Elophila obliteralis, feeds on floating leaves, found in E. USA] Crw2004 HG2009; Noctuidae: Homophoberia cristata (Yellow Waterlily Moth) [larvae feed on leaves] Cv2005, Neoerastria caduca [larvae feed on emergent leaves; this insect has been found in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, & Ohio] HG2009