Insects Feeding
on this Plant:


Taraxacum officinale
(Dandelion) [Asteraceae]
(Observations are from Stannard, Hottes & Frison, Wagner, Wyoming Agr. Exp. Sta., Marshall, Covell, Cranshaw, Needham et al., Blackman & Eastop, Pepper, Robinson & Bradley, Spencer & Steyskal, Majka et al., Lundgren et al., Gangwere, ScaleNet)

Coleoptera (Beetles)
Carabidae: Amara littoralis [feeds on seeds] LSH2013, Anisodactylus rusticus (Dingy Ground Beetle) [feeds on seeds] LSH2013, Bembidion quadrimaculatum oppositum [feeds on seeds, a minor source of food] LSH2013, Cyclotrachelus alternans [feeds on seeds, a minor source of food] LSH2013, Harpalus compar [feeds on seeds, a minor source of food] LSH2013, Harpalus herbivagus [feeds on seeds] LSH2013, Poecilus lucublandus [feeds on seeds, a minor source of food] LSH2013, Pterostichus permundus [feeds on seeds] LSH2013; Curculionidae: Ceutorhynchus punctiger [larvae feed on seeds; this Eurasian insect is widely distributed in North America; syn. Glocianus punctiger] MAM2007, Sphenophorus venatus (Hunting Billbug) [feeds on seeds] LSH2013

Diptera (Flies)
Agromyzidae: Chromatomyia syngenesiae (Chrysanthemum Leafminer) Ndm1928, Ophiomyia nasuta [larvae mine stalks & midribs of leaves, found in northern half of USA; syn. Agromyza nasuta] Ndm1928 SS1986

Homoptera (Sucking Insects)
Aphididae: Aphis knowltoni [found on roots or stems at ground level; syn. Protaphis knowltoni] HF1931 BE2013 Pp1965 RB1965, Aphis middletonii (Erigeron Root Aphid) [syn. Protaphis middletonii] RB1965, Pemphigus bursarius (Poplar-Lettuce Aphid) [forms yellowish or reddish galls on petioles of poplar leaves, migrating during the summer to the roots of herbaceous plants in the Asteraceae; this aphid has been found in north-central & NE USA] Crw2004 BE2013, Prociphilus erigeronensis HF1931, Trama rara [found on roots] Pp1965 RB1965, Uroleucon ambrosiae (Brown Ambrosia Aphid) [possible misidentification of aphid species, which is normally found on flowering stems of ragweed] HF1931 Pp1965, Uroleucon taraxaci [found on leaf undersides & leaf bases; this Eurasian aphid has been found in Illinois] HF1931 BE2013 Pp1965 RB1965; Pseudococcidae:
Phenacoccus solenopsis (Solenopsis Mealybug) [feeds on foliage & sometimes roots, polyphagous; widespread] SN2014, Pseudococcus dolichomelos (False Trochanter Mealybug) [polyphagous; this insect has been found in NE USA & elsewhere] SN2014

Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps, & Sawflies)
Formicidae: Formica subsericea (Field Ant) [feeds on seeds or their husks] LSH2103, Lasius neoniger (Cornfield Ant) [feeds on seeds or their husks] LSH2013

Lepidoptera (Butterflies, Skippers, & Moths)
Arctiidae: Apantesis nais (Nais Tiger Moth) Msh2006, Apantesis phalerata (Harnessed Moth) [polyphagous] Cv2005, Grammia doris (Doris Tiger Moth) Cv2005, Grammia parthenice (Parthenice Tiger Moth) Cv2005, Grammia virguncula (Little Virgin Moth) [polyphagous, found in northern IL] Cv2005, Hypercompe scribonia (Giant Leopard Moth) [syn. Ecpantheria scribonia, polyphagous] Cv2005 Wg2005, Pyrrharctia isabella (Isabella Tiger Moth) [polyphagous] Wg2005, Spilosoma congrua (Agreeable Tiger Moth) Cv2005, Spilosoma latipennis (Pink-Legged Tiger Moth) [polyphagous] Cv2005, Virbia aurantiaca (Orange Virbia) [syn. Holomelina aurantiaca, polyphagous] Cv2005 Msh2006 Wg2005; Geometridae: Euscarca confusaria (Confused Eusarca) Cv2005 Wg2005, Idaea obfusaria (Rippled Wave) [found in southern IL] Cv2005, Scopula inductata (Soft-Lined Wave) [polyphagous] Cv2005, Scopula limboundata (Large Lace-Border) [polyphagous] Cv2005 Wg2005; Noctuidae: Allagrapha aerea (Unspotted Looper Moth) [polyphagous] Cv2005, Autographa precationis (Common Looper Moth) [polyphagous] Cv2005 Wg2005, Choephora fungorum (Bent-Line Dart) Cv2005, Lacinipolia lorea (Bridled Arches) [polyphagous] Cv2005, Lacinipolia meditata (The Thinker) [polyphagous] Cv2005,  Lacinipolia olivacea (Olive Arches) [polyphagous] Cv2005, Megalographa biloba (Bilobed Looper) Wg2005, Melanchra adjuncta (Hitched Arches) [polyphagous, found in northern IL] Cv2005, Melanchra picta (Zebra Caterpillar) [larvae feed on leaves, polyphagous] Wg2005, Phlogophora iris
(Olive Angle Shades) Cv2005, Protorthodes oviduca (Ruddy Quaker) Cv2005, Pseudorthodes vecors (Small Brown Quaker) Cv2005, Tricholita signata (Signate Quaker) Cv2005

Orthoptera (Grasshoppers)
Acrididae: Dissosteira carolina (Carolina Grasshopper) Wy1994, Melanoplus borealis borealis (Northern Grasshopper) Wy1994, Melanoplus dawsoni (Dawson's Grasshopper) [a preferred host plant] Wy1994, Melanoplus femurrubrum (Red-Legged Grasshopper) Wy1994, Melanoplus foedus (Striped Sand Grasshopper) Wy1994, Melanoplus sanguinipes (Migratory Grasshopper) [a preferred host plant] Wy1994, Phoetaliotes nebrascensis (Large-Headed Grasshopper) [minor host plant] Wy1994; Gryllidae: Gryllus pennsylvanicus (Fall Field Cricket) [feeds on seeds] LSH2013; Tettigoniidae: Atlanticus testaceus (Protean Shieldback) [feeds on flowers & leaves, a preferred food plant, lab observations] Ggw1967

Thysanoptera (Thrips)
Thripidae: Thrips physapus (Dandelion Thrips) St1968