Insects Feeding
on Sunflowers
(Helianthus spp.)

Insect Species
Scientific Name &
Common Name (if any)
Insect Family
Haplorhynchites aeneus
(Sunflower Head-Clipping Weevil)
Attelabidae
(Leaf-Rolling Weevils)
Brachypnoea clypealis Chrysomelidae
(Leaf Beetles)
Microrhopala rileyi Chrysomelidae
(Leaf Beetles)
Physonota helianthi
(Sunflower Tortoise Beetle)
Chrysomelidae
(Leaf Beetles)
Systena blanda*
(Pale-Striped Flea Beetle)
Chrysomelidae
(Leaf Beetles)
Trirhabda adela Chrysomelidae
(Leaf Beetles)
Zygogramma exclamationis
(Sunflower Beetle)
Chrysomelidae
(Leaf Beetles)
Cylindrocopturus adspersus
(Sunflower Stem Weevil)
Curculionidae
(Weevils)
Lixus concavus**
(Rhubarb Weevil)
Curculionidae
(Weevils)
Rhodobaenus quinquepunctatus
(Five-Spotted Billbug)
Curculionidae
(Weevils)
Rhodobaenus tredecimpunctatus
(Thirteen-Spotted Billbug)
Curculionidae
(Weevils)
Aphis debilicornis Aphididae
(Aphids)
Aphis helianthi
(Sunflower Aphid)
Aphididae
(Aphids)
Uroleucon illini Aphididae
(Aphids)
Uroleucon rudbeckiae Aphididae
(Aphids)
Uroleucon rurale Aphididae
(Aphids)
Mesamia nigridorsum Cicadellidae
(Leafhoppers)
Mesamia straminea Cicadellidae
(Leafhoppers)
Acutalis tartarea Membracidae
(Treehoppers)
Entylia bactriana Membracidae
(Treehoppers)
Stictocephala lutea Membracidae
(Treehoppers)
Ilnacora stalii Miridae
(Plant Bugs)
Plagiognathus nigronitens Miridae
(Plant Bugs)
Polymerus basalis Miridae
(Plant Bugs)
Contarinia schulzi***
(Sunflower Midge)
Cecidomyiidae
(Gall Flies)
Neotephritis finalis***
(Sunflower Seed Maggot)
Tephritidae
(Fruit Flies)
Strauzia longipennis**
(Sunflower Maggot)
Tephritidae
(Fruit Flies)
Hesperotettix viridis
(Meadow Purple-Striped Grasshopper)
Acrididae
(Grasshoppers)
Melanoplus angustipennis
(Narrow-Winged Grasshopper)
Acrididae
(Grasshoppers)
Melanoplus packardii
(Packard's Grasshopper)
Acrididae
(Grasshoppers)
Sparagemon collare
(Mottled Sand Grasshopper)
Acrididae
(Grasshoppers)
Heterothrips auranticornis Thripidae
(Thrips)

 *larvae feed on roots, **larvae bore through stems,
***larvae feed on flowers or seeds

Note: Lepidoptera have been excluded from this table.

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