Insects Feeding on Sunflowers
(Helianthus spp.)

Insect Species    
Scientific Name Common Name Insect Family
Melanoplus differentialis Differential Grasshopper Acrididae
Melanoplus femurrubrum Red-Legged Grasshopper Acrididae
Melanoplus packardii Packard's Grasshopper Acrididae
Spharagemon collare Mottled Sand Grasshopper Acrididae
Aphis cornifoliae Dogwood Aphid Aphididae
Aphis debilicornis Aphid sp. Aphididae
Aphis helianthi Sunflower Aphid Aphididae
Aphis rumicis Aphid sp. Aphididae
Macrosiphum gei Aphid sp. Aphididae
Myzsus persicae Aphid sp. Aphididae
Uroleucon ambrosiae Aphid sp. Aphididae
Uroleucon illini illini Aphid sp. Aphididae
Uroleucon illini crudae Aphid sp. Aphididae
Uroleucon illini sangamonensis Aphid sp. Aphididae
Uroleucon rudbeckiae Aphid sp. Aphididae
Uroleucon rurale Aphid sp. Aphididae
Apion occidentale * Black Sunflower Stem Weevil Brentidae
Contarinia schulzi *** Sunflower Midge Cecidomyiidae
Dectes texanus * Soybean Stem Borer Cerambycidae
Mecas cana saturnina * Long-Horned Beetle sp. Cerambycidae
Megacyllene decorum
(syn. Megacyllene decora)
Long-Horned Beetle sp. Cerambycidae
Clastoptera xanthocephala Sunflower Spittlebug Cercopidae
Brachypnoea clypealis Leaf Beetle sp. Chrysomelidae
Exema dispar Leaf Beetle sp. Chrysomelidae
Microrhopala rileyi Leaf Beetle sp. Chrysomelidae
Physonota helianthi Leaf Beetle sp. Chrysomelidae
Systena blanda ** Pale-Striped Flea Beetle Chrysomelidae
Trirhabda adela Leaf Beetle sp. Chrysomelidae
Zygogramma exclamationis Leaf Beetle sp. Chrysomelidae
Mesamia nigridorsum Leafhopper sp. Cicadellidae
Mesamia straminea Leafhopper sp. Cicadellidae
Baris strenua ** Sunflower Root Weevil Curculionidae
Cylindrocopturus adspersus * Sunflower Stem Weevil Curculionidae
Haplorhynchites aeneus *** Sunflower Head-Clipping Weevil Curculionidae
Lixus concavus * Rhubarb Weevil Curculionidae
Rhodobaenus quinquepunctatus Billbug sp. Curculionidae
Rhodobaenus tredecimpunctatus Billbug sp. Curculionidae
Smicronyx fulvus § Red Sunflower Seed Weevil Curculionidae
Smicronyx sordidus § Gray Sunflower Seed Weevil Curculionidae
Heterothrips auranticornis §§ Thrips sp. Heterothripidae
Ilnacora stalii Plant Bug sp. Miridae
Plagiognathus nigronitens Plant Bug sp. Miridae
Poecilocapsus lineatus Four-Lined Plant Bug Miridae
Polymerus basalis Plant Bug sp. Miridae
Euphoria indus
(syn. Euphoria inda)
Bumble Flower Beetle Scarabaeidae
Ligyrus gibbosus ** Carrot Beetle Scarabaeidae
Phyllophaga lanceolata June Beetle sp. Scarabaeidae
Gymnocarena diffusa *** Sunflower Maggot Tephritidae
Neotephritis finalis § Sunflower Seed Maggot Tephritidae
Strauzia longipennis * Sunflower Maggot Tephritidae

*larvae bore through stems, **larvae feed on roots, ***larvae feed on flowerheads,
§larvae develop within seeds, §§ found on flowers

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