Insects Feeding
on these Plants:


Taraxacum spp.
(Dandelion) [Asteraceae]
(observations are from Marshall, Felt, Blackman & Eastop, Vickery & Kevan, Brust et al., Spencer & Steyskal)

Coleoptera (Beetles)
Curculionidae: Ceutorhynchus punctiger [feeds on seeds] Msh2006

Diptera (Flies)
Agromyzidae: Chromatomyia lactuca [larvae are leaf-miners; found in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, & Canada] SS1986, Liriomyza taraxaci [larvae are leaf-miners; found in Wisconsin & Canada] SS1986

Homoptera (Sucking Insects)
Aphididae: Trama rara [found on dandelion roots; this Eurasian aphid has been observed in Illinois & Quebec] BE2013, Uroleucon ambrosiae [possible misidentification of aphid species, which is normally found on the flowering stems of ragweed] BE2013, Uroleucon pseudambrosiae [found on stems & inflorescences; distributed in E USA & Canada, including Massachusetts, Wisconsin, & Manitoba; records of Uroleucon ambrosiae on dandelion probably refer to this aphid] BE2013, Uroleucon taraxaci [found on leaf undersides & leaf bases; this Eurasian aphid has been observed in Illinois] BE2013

Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps, & Sawflies)
Cynipidae: Phanacis taraxaci (Dandelion Gall Wasp) [larvae form oblong irregular swellings on petioles and leaf midribs] Flt1917

Lepidoptera (Butterflies, Skippers, & Moths)

Noctuidae: Phlogophora iris (Olive Angle Shades) Msh2006

Orthoptera (Grasshoppers)
Acrididae: Melanoplus borealis (Northern Grasshopper) [this grasshopper is often found in moist meadows] BHW2008, Melanoplus sanguinipes (Migratory Grasshopper) [this grasshopper is found in open areas, woodland openings, & roadsides] BHW2008, Pardalophora apiculata (Coral-winged Grasshopper) [this grasshopper is found in woodland openings & scrubby sandy fields] VK1985, Sparagemon bolli (Boll's Grasshopper) [this grass is found in open sandy areas & dry fields] VK1985