Flower-Visiting Insects
and Hummingbirds
of Butterfly Milkweed


Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Milkweed)
(Insects & hummingbirds suck nectar. Observations are from Hilty, Betz, Evans, Petersen, Moure & Hurd, LaBerge, Herms, Grundel & Pavlovic, MacRae, Swengle & Swengel, Lisberg & Young, Smith et al., and Grundel et al. as indicated below, otherwise they are from Robertson)

With pollinia:

Bees (long-tongued)
Apidae (Apinae): Apis mellifera fq; Anthophoridae (Eucerini): Melissodes communis, Melissodes tepaneca; Megachilidae (Anthidinini): Anthidium maculifrons; Megachilidae (Coelioxini): Coelioxys octodentata

Bees (short-tongued)
Halictidae (Halictinae): Augochloropsis metallica metallica

Wasps
Sphecidae (Sphecinae): Ammophila nigricans, Ammophila procera, Prionyx thomae, Sphex ichneumonea

Flies
Tachinidae: Spallanzania hesperidarum

Butterflies
Nymphalidae: Speyeria cybele, Speyeria idalia; Pieridae: Colias philodice; Papilionidae: Battus philenor, Papilio polyxenes asterias, Papilio troilus

Moths
Ctenuchidae: Cisseps fulvicollis

Without pollinia:

Bees (long-tongued)
Megachilidae (Megachilini): Megachile brevis brevis fq, Megachile montivaga

Wasps
Sphecidae (Sphecinae): Prionyx atrata

Butterflies
Nymphalidae: Danaus plexippus, Phyciodes tharos; Lycaenidae: Everes comyntas, Lycaena hyllus, Satyrium titus; Papilionidae: Papilio glaucus

Pollinia Presence Unspecified:

Birds
Trochilidae: Archilochus colubris (H)

Bees (long-tongued)
Apidae (Apinae): Apis mellifera (Btz, Gnd); Apidae (Bombini): Bombus bimaculatus (Gnd), Bombus fraternus (Smh), Bombus griseocollis (Smh, Gnd), Bombus pensylvanicus (Btz, Smh) fq; Anthophoridae (Ceratinini): Ceratina dupla dupla (Ev, Gnd), Ceratina strenua (Gnd); Anthophoridae (Epeolini): Epeolus lectoides (Gnd); Anthophoridae (Eucerini): Melissodes agilis (Pt), Melissodes bimaculata bimaculata (LB); Megachilidae (Coelioxini): Coelioxys sayi (Gnd); Megachilidae (Megachilini): Megachile brevis brevis (Btz), Megachile campanulae (Gnd), Megachile frugalis (Gnd), Megachile latimanus (Ev), Megachile mendica (Ev, Gnd); Megachilidae (Trypetini): Heriades carinatum (Ev)

Bees (short-tongued)
Halictidae (Halictinae): Agapostemon splendens (Gnd), Augochlora pura (Gnd), Augochlorella aurata fq (Gnd), Augochlorella persimilis (MH), Augochlorella striata (MH), Augochloropsis metallica metallica (Ev), Augochloropsis sumptuosa (Gnd), Halictus confusus (Ev), Halictus rubicundus (Ev), Lasioglossum mitchelli (Gnd), Lasioglossum pectorale (Ev, Gnd), Lasioglossum pilosum pilosum (Ev), Lasioglossum subviridatum (Gnd); Colletidae (Colletinae): Colletes simulans armatus (Btz); Colletidae (Hylaeinae): Hylaeus affinis (Ev)

Wasps
Sphecidae (Sphecinae): Sphex ichneumonea (Btz)

Butterflies
Nymphalidae: Danaus plexippus (Btz, H); Lycaenidae: Lycaeides melissa samuelis fq (GP, Hm, Sw), Satyrium titus (Btz); Papilionidae: Papilio polyxenes asterias (H)

Beetles
Buprestidae: Acmaeodera pulchella (McR); Mordellidae: Mordella marginata (LY)

Plant Bugs
Lygaeidae: Lygaeus kalmii (Btz) fq


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