Insects Feeding on Smartweed
(Persicaria spp.)

Insect Species
Scientific Name &
Common Name (if any )
Insect Family
Colaspis brunnea*
(Grape Colaspis)
Chrysomelidae
(Leaf Beetles)
Disonycha pensylvanica Chrysomelidae
(Leaf Beetles)
Galerucella nymphaeae
(Waterlily Leaf Beetle)
Chrysomelidae
(Leaf Beetles)
Systena frontalis* **
(Red-headed Flea Beetle)
Chrysomelidae
(Leaf Beetles)
Amalus scortillum
(Knotweed Weevil)
Curculionidae
(Weevils)
Homorosoma sulcipennis Curculionidae
(Weevils)
Rhinoncus pyrrhopus Curculionidae
(Weevils)
Tyloderma capitale Curculionidae
(Weevils)
Garganus fusiformis Miridae
(Plant Bugs)
Coenus delia Pentatomidae
(Stink Bugs)
Holcostethus limbolarius Pentatomidae
(Stink Bugs)
Arhyssus lateralis Rhopalidae
(Scentless Plant Bugs)
Brachycaudus rumexicolens Aphididae
(Aphids)
Capitophorus hippophaes
(Polygonum Aphid)
Aphididae
(Aphids)
Macrosiphum gei
(Avens Aphid)
Aphididae
(Aphids)
Macrosiphum venaefuscae Aphididae
(Aphids)
Rhopalosiphum nymphaeae
(Waterlily Aphid)
Aphididae
(Aphids)
Erasmoneura nigra Cicadellidae
(Leafhoppers)
Ametastegia articulata Tenthredinidae
(Common Sawflies)
Ametastegia glabrata
(Dock Sawfly)
Tenthredinidae
(Common Sawflies)
Ametastegia recens Tenthredinidae
(Common Sawflies)
Chionodes discoocellella
(Eye-ringed Chinodes Moth)
Gelechiidae
(Twirler Moths)
Haematopis grataria
(Chickweed Geometer)
Geometridae
(Geometer Moths)
Orthonama centrostrigaria
(Bent-line Carpet)
Geometridae
(Geometer Moths)
Orthonama obstipata
(The Gem)
Geometridae
(Geometer Moths)
Xanthotype sospeta
(Crocus Geometer)
Geometridae
(Geometer Moths)
Lycaena helloides
(Purplish Copper)
Lycaenidae
(Blue, Copper, & Hairstreak Butterflies)
Lycaena hyllus
(Bronze Copper)
Lycaenidae
(Blue, Copper, & Hairstreak Butterflies)
Strymon melinus
(Gray Hairstreak)
Lycaenidae
(Blue, Copper, & Hairstreak Butterflies)
Acronicta oblinita
(Smeared Dagger Moth)
Noctuidae
(Owlet Moths)
Dypterygia rozmani
(American Bird's Wing Moth)
Noctuidae
(Owlet Moths)
Maliattha synochitis
(syn. Lithacodia synochitis)
(Black-dotted Maliattha)
Noctuidae
(Owlet Moths)
Pseudeustrotia carneola
(syn. Lithacodia carneola)
(Pink-barred Pseudeustrotia)
Noctuidae
(Owlet Moths)
Epiblema otiosana***
(Bidens Borer Moth)
Tortricidae
(Tortrix Moths)
Melanoplus differentialis
(Differential Grasshopper)
Acrididae
(Grasshoppers)

*adults feed on foliage, **larvae feed on roots, ***larvae bore into stems
found on inflorescences, larvae feed on foliage,
larvae feed on flowers & developing seeds, polyphagous

Sources: Cranshaw (2004), Clark et al. (2004), Harms & Grodowitz (2009),
Knight (1941), Rider (2009), Froeschner (1942), Blackman & Eastop (2013),
Hottes & Frison (1931), Dmitriev & Dietrich (2010), Smith (2006),
Covell (1984/2005), Bouseman & Sternburg (2001), Vickery & Kevan (1985)

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