Insects Feeding
on this Plant:


Spartina pectinata
(Prairie Cordgrass) [Poaceae]
(Observations are from Hoffman, DeLong, Knight, Stannard, Brust et al., Natural History Museum, Panzer et al.)

Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Blissidae: Ischnodemus falicus [feeds on the sap of foliage & inflorescence, Prairie Cordgrass is the preferred host plant] Hof1996 Pnz2006; Miridae: Trigonostylus tarsalis Kn1941 

Homoptera (Sucking Insects)
Cicadellidae: Cicadula smithi Dlg1948, Destria fumidus [syn. Destria fumida] Pnz2006, Pendarus magnus Pnz2006, Neohecalus magnificus Pnz2006; Delphacidae: Prokelisia crocea Pnz2006

Lepidoptera (Butterflies, Skippers, & Moths)
Noctuidae: Photedes enervata (Many-lined Cordgrass Moth) [syn. Chortodes enervata] NHM2010 Pnz2006, Photedes inops (Spartina Borer Moth) [larvae bore through stems; syn. Spartiniphaga inops] NHM2010 Pnz2006, Photedes panatela (Northern Cordgrass Borer Moth) [Prairie Cordgrass is a possible host plant; syn. Spartiniphaga panatela] Pnz2006, Resapamea stipata (Four-lined Borer Moth) [larvae bore through rhizomes] NHM2010 Pnz2006; Tortricidae: Aethes spartinana [larvae feed on florets & developing seeds] NHM2010 Pnz2006

Orthoptera (Grasshoppers)
Acrididae: Pseudopomala brachyptera (Short-winged Toothpick Grasshopper) [this grasshopper is often found in tall grasses near streams or woodlands] BHW2008

Thysanoptera (Thrips)
Haplothrips shacklefordi [oligophagous] St1968 Pnz2006; Thripidae: Anaphothrips decolor [found on seedheads; syn. Anaphothrips sandersoni] St1968 Pnz2006, Chirothrips texanus [syn Arorathrips texanus] St1968 Pnz2006