Insects Feeding on
Milkweeds (Asclepias spp.)

   Insect Species
Scientific Name &
Common Name (if any)
 
Insect Family
Tetraopes basalis*
(Milkweed Longhorn)
Cerambycidae
(Long-horned Beetles)
Tetraopes femoratus*
(Western Milkweed Beetle)
Cerambycidae
(Long-horned Beetles)
Tetraopes tetrophthalmus*
(Common Milkweed Beetle)
Cerambycidae
(Long-horned Beetles)
Tetraopes texanus*
(Texas Milkweed Beetle)
Cerambycidae
(Long-horned Beetles)
Chrysochus auratus**
(Dogbane Leaf Beetle)
Chrysomelidae
(Leaf Beetles)
Labidomera clivicollis**
(Milkweed Leaf Beetle)
Chrysomelidae
(Leaf Beetles)
Rhyssematus lineaticollis*
(Milkweed Stem Weevil)
Curculionidae
(Weevils)
Liriomyza asclepiadis**
(Milkweed Leaf-miner Fly)
Agromyzidae
(Leaf-miner Flies)
Lygaeus kalmi***
(Small Milkweed Bug)
Lygaeidae
(Seed Bugs)
Lygaeus turcicus*** Lygaeidae
(Seed Bugs)
Oncopeltus fasciatus***
(Large Milkweed Bug)
Lygaeidae
(Seed Bugs)
Aphis asclepiadis**** Aphididae
(Aphids)
Aphis nerii****
(Yellow Milkweed Aphid)
Aphididae
(Aphids)
Myzocallis asclepiadis**** Aphididae
(Aphids)
Myzocallis punctatus**** Aphididae
(Aphids)
Cycnia inopinatus**
(Unexpected Cycnia)
Arctiidae
(Tiger Moths)
Cycnia tenera**
(Delicate Cycnia)
Arctiidae
(Tiger Moths)
Euchaetes egle**
(Milkweed Tussock Moth)
Arctiidae
(Tiger Moths)
Danaus plexippus**
(Monarch)
Nymphalidae
(Brush-footed Butterflies)

*larvae bore through stems and/or roots, **larvae and/or adults feed on foliage
***feeds on flowers and seedpods, ****sucks plant sap
found on Asclepias viridiflora, prefers dogbane (Apocynum spp.)
prefers Asclepias incarnata,
found on Asclepias syriaca, Asclepias purpurascens, & Asclepias sullivantii
prefers Asclepias tuberosa, prefers Asclepias syriaca

Sources: Yanega (1996), Clark et al. (2004), Vestal (1913), Marcovitch (1916),
Hoffman (1996), Hottes & Frison (1931), Covell (1984/2005), Wagner (2005)

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