Insects Feeding
on Tick Trefoils
(Desmodium spp.)

Insect Species
Scientific Name &
Common Name (if any)
Insect Family
Apion carinatum*
(syn. Coelocephalapion carinatum)
Brentidae
(Straight-snouted Weevils)
Apion decoloratum*
(syn. Coelocephalapion decoloratum)
Brentidae
(Straight-snouted Weevils)
Apion reconditum*
(syn. Trichapion reconditum)
Brentidae
(Straight-snouted Weevils)
Pachyschelus laevigatus** Buprestidae
(Metallic Wood-boring Beetles)
Anomoea laticlavia
(Clay-colored Leaf Beetle)
Chrysomelidae
(Leaf Beetles)
Bassareus lituratus Chrysomelidae
(Leaf Beetles)
Colaspis brunnea
(Grape Colaspis)
Chrysomelidae
(Leaf Beetles)
Cryptocephalus insertus Chrysomelidae
(Leaf Beetles)
Odontota dorsalis**
(Locust Leafminer)
Chrysomelidae
(Leaf Beetles)
Odontota horni**
(Soybean Leafminer)
Chrysomelidae
(Leaf Beetles)
Pachybrachus othonus Chrysomelidae
(Leaf Beetles)
Phyllecthris dorsalis Chrysomelidae
(Leaf Beetles)
Saxinis omogera Chrysomelidae
(Leaf Beetles)
Choristoneura hamata Cecidomyiidae
(Gall Flies)
Clinodiplosis meibomiifoliae Cecidomyiidae
(Gall Flies)
Dasineura meibomiae Cecidomyiidae
(Gall Flies)
Neolasioptera desmodii Cecidomyiidae
(Gall Flies)
Megalotomus quinquespinosus
(Lupine Bug)
Alydidae
(Broad-headed Bugs)
Holcostethus limbolarius Pentatomidae
(Stink Bugs)
Aphis glycines
(Soybean Aphid)
Aphididae
(Aphids)
Microparsus desmodiorum Aphididae
(Aphids)
Microparsus olivei Aphididae
(Aphids)
Microparsus variabilis Aphididae
(Aphids)
Atomacera debilis Argidae
(Argid Sawflies)
Brenthia pavonacella Choreutidae
(Metalmark Moths)
Caloptilia violacella Gracillariidae
(Blotch Leafminer Moths)
Parectopa lespedezaefoliella** Gracillariidae
(Blotch Leafminer Moths)
Parectopa robiniella**
(Locust Digitate Leafminer)
Gracillariidae
(Blotch Leafminer Moths)
Porphyrosela desmodiella** Gracillariidae
(Blotch Leafminer Moths)
Achalarus lyciades
(Hoary Edge)
Hesperiidae
(Skippers)
Epargyreus clarus
(Silver-spotted Skipper)
Hesperiidae
(Skippers)
Thorybes bathyllus
(Southern Cloudywing)
Hesperiidae
(Skippers)
Thorybes pylades
(Northern Cloudywing)
Hesperiidae
(Skippers)
Urbanus dorantes
(Dorantes Skipper)
Hesperiidae
(Skippers)
Urbanus proteus
(Long-tailed Skipper)
Hesperiidae
(Skippers)
Everes comyntas
(Eastern Tailed Blue)
Lycaenidae
(Gossamer-winged Butterflies)
Strymon melinus
(Gray Hairstreak)
Lycaenidae
(Gossamer-winged Butterflies)
Grapholita fana
(Chesire Cat Moth)
Tortricidae
(Tortrix Moths)
Echinothrips americanus Thripidae
(Thrips)
Neohydatothrips desmodianus
(Tick Trefoil Thrips)
Thripidae
(Thrips)

*larvae feed on seeds, **larvae are leaf-miners,
larvae form stem-galls, larvae form bud-galls,
feeds on seeds, larvae skeletonize leaves,
larvae roll leaves, larvae feed on buds, flowers, and seeds

Sources: Sauer (2005), MacRae (1991), Clark et al. (2004),
Felt (1917), Schaefer (1980), Rider (2009), Blackman & Eastop (2013),
Smith (2006), Microleps website (2010), Needham et al. (1928),
Bouseman et al. (2006), Opler & Krizek (1984), Miller (1987),
Vance (1974), Stannard (1968)

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