Insects Feeding
on this Plant:


Populus balsamifera
(Balsam Poplar) [Salicaceae]
(Observations are from Knight, Clark et al., Covell, Needham et al., Harms & Grodowitz, Blackman & Eastop, Hamilton, Miller, Pepper, Robinson & Bradley, ScaleNet)

Coleoptera (Beetles)
Chrysomelidae: Altica bimarginata Clk2004, Altica prasina populi (Poplar Flea Beetle) [feeds on leaves, found in Ontario & New Brunswick] Clk2004 HG2009, Chrysomela crotchi (Aspen Leaf Beetle) [found in NE USA & Canada] Clk2004, Chrysomela laurentia Clk2004 [Salix spp. are the preferred host plants] Clk2004, Chrysomela lineatopunctata Clk2004, Chrysomela scripta Clk2004, Chrysomela walshi [oligophagous] Clk2004, Crepidodera decora Clk2004, Crepidodera digna Clk2004, Crepidodera populivora Clk2004, Crepidodera solita Clk2004, Gonioctena americana Clk2004, Phratora purpurea Clk2004, Tricholochmaea decora Clk2004; Curculionidae: Tachyerges salicis (Willow Weevil) [larvae are blotch leaf-miners; found in N. USA, Canada, & N. Eurasia] HG2009

Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Miridae: Lopidea cuneata Kn1941, Orthotylus knighti Kn1941

Homoptera (Sucking Insects)
Aphididae: Chaitophorus populifolii [found on leaves, Balsam Poplar is a preferred host plant] BE2013, Pemphigus betae (Sugar Beet Root Aphid) [forms galls on leaf undersides of poplar & cottonwood, migrating during the summer to the roots of some herbaceous plants in the Chenopodiaceae] BE2013, Pemphigus monophagus RB1965, Pemphigus populiglobuli [forms galls on petioles, variously shaped, often tinted yellow or red; found in the Great Lakes region of the USA & Canada, including New York] BE2013, Pemphigus populivenae (Sugar Beet Root Aphid) [forms elongated galls, variously shaped, on upper sides of poplar & cottonwood leaves along their midribs; migrates during the summer to the roots of herbaceous plants in the Chenopodiaceae & Amaranthaceae during the summer; this aphid has been found in Illinois & New Brunswick] BE2013, Pterocomma bicolor [found on bark of twigs & branches, also found on trunks of young saplings; this aphid is distributed in NE USA, north-central USA, & Canada] BE2013, Pterocomma populifoliae (Rusty Brown Poplar Aphid) [found on roots of mature trees, or stem bases of saplings; distributed in NE USA & Canada, including Massachusetts & Michigan] BE2013 RB1965, Thecabius affinis (Poplar-Buttercup Aphid) RB1965, Thecabius gravicornis (Folded-Leaf Balsam Aphid) [forms galls by folding Balsam Poplar leaves, migrating to the roots of buttercup during the summer; this aphid has been found in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, & Tennessee] BE2013, Thecabius populimonilis
[forms rows of bead-like galls on leaves; found in Pennsylvania, Ontario, Manitoba, Minnesota, & areas farther west] Pp1965 RB1965; Cercopidae: Clastoptera obtusa (Alder Spittlebug) [fed on by adults only] Hm1982; Diaspididae: Lepidosaphes ulmi (Oystershell Scale) [found on bark, polyphagous; this insect is widely distributed in the USA, S Canada, & Eurasia] SN2014

Lepidoptera (Butterflies, Skippers, & Moths)
Geometridae: Lobophora nivigerata (Powdered Bigwig) Cv2005; Gracillariidae: Phyllonorycter salicifoliella (Willow Blotch Miner Moth) Ndm1928; Tortricidae: Epinotia nisella (Poplar Branchlet Borer Moth) [larvae feed in female catkins & terminal growth; this moth is found in NE USA & SE Canada] Mlr1987