Insects Feeding
on these Plants:


Senecio spp.
(Ragwort) [Asteraceae]
(Some species have been classified as Packera spp. by some authors. Observations are from Hoffman, Covell, Blackman & Eastop, O'Brien, Spencer & Steyskal, Majka et al., Natural History Museum, Panzer et al.)

Coleoptera (Beetles)
Curculionidae: Listronotus echinatus [feeds on roots, probably found in wetland habitats] Obr1997, Listronotus sparsus [this insect is found in E & central USA, & Canada] MAM2007

Diptera (Flies)
Agromyzidae: Amauromyza maculosa [larvae are blotch leaf-miners; widespread] SS1986, Calycomyza platyptera [larvae are leaf-miners; found in Maryland & Mississippi] SS1986

Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Lygaeidae: Neacoryphus bicrucis [feeds on seeds, preferred host plants] Hof1996

Homoptera (Sucking Insects)
Aphididae: Brachycaudus helichrysi (Leafcurl Plum Aphid) [curls leaves of plum trees, migrating during the summer to the stems & inflorescences of various herbaceous plants] BE2013, Uroleucon ambrosiae [possible misidentification of aphid species, which is normally found on ragweed] BE2013

Lepidoptera (Butterflies, Skippers, & Moths)
Arctiidae: Estigmene acrea (Salt Marsh Caterpillar) [polyphagous; this moth is not restricted to coastal areas] NHM2010, Grammia williamsii (William's Tiger Moth) [this moth is found in New England, the upper Great Lakes, and many western states] NHM2010; Geometridae: Eupithecia absinthiata (Wormwood Pug) [larvae feed on flowers] NHM2010, Orthonama obstipata (The Gem) [polyphagous] Cv2005 NHM2010; Gracillariidae: Phyllocnistis insignis [larvae are leaf-miners] NHM2010; Noctuidae: Trichoplusia ni (Cabbage Looper Moth) [polyphagous] NHM2010; Oecophoridae: Agonopterix canadensis (Canadian Agonopterix) Pnz2006, Agonopterix senicionella (Ragwort Agonopterix) NHM2010