Insects Feeding
on Thistles
(Cirsium spp.)

Insect Species
Scientific Name &
Common Name (if any)
Insect Family
Cassida rubiginosa
(Thistle Tortoise Beetle)
Chrysomelidae
(Leaf Beetles)
Lixus concavus*
(Rhubarb Weevil)
Curculionidae
(Weevils)
Euphoria inda
(Bumble Flower Beetle)**
Scarabaeidae
(Scarab Beetles)
Aphis nasturtii
(Buckthorn Aphid)
Aphididae
(Aphids)
Brachycaudus cardui
(Thistle Aphid)
Aphididae
(Aphids)
Brachycaudus helichrysi
(Leafcurl Plum Aphid)
Aphididae
(Aphids)
Capitophorus carduinus
(syn. Capitophorus flaveolus)
Aphididae
(Aphids)
Capitophorus elaeagni
(Artichoke Aphid)
Aphididae
(Aphids)
Uroleucon ambrosiae
(Brown Ambrosia Aphid)
Aphididae
(Aphids)
Uroleucon cirsii
(Large Thistle Aphid)
Aphididae
(Aphids)
Entylia bactriana Membracidae
(Treehoppers)
Entylia carinata Membracidae
(Treehoppers)
Publilia concava Membracidae
(Treehoppers)
Cosmopepla lintneriana
(Twice-Stabbed Stink Bug)
Pentatomidae
(Stink Bugs)
Holcostethus limbolarius
(Dark Brown Stink Bug)
Pentatomidae
(Stink Bugs)
Grammia parthenice
(Parthenice Tiger Moth)
Arctiidae
(Tiger Moths)
Tebenna carduiella* Choreutidae
(Choreutid Moths)
Dicymolomia julianalis***
(Julia's Dicymolomia Moth)
Crambidae
(Crambid Moths)
Pyrausta subsequalis*** Crambidae
(Crambid Moths)
Autographa precationis
(Common Looper)
Noctuidae
(Owlet Moths)
Papaipema arctivorens
(Northern Burdock Borer Moth)*
Noctuidae
(Owlet Moths)
Papaipema cataphracta
(Burdock Borer Moth)*
Noctuidae
(Owlet Moths)
Phlogophora iris
(Olive Angle Shades)
Noctuidae
(Owlet Moths)
Vanessa cardui
(Painted Lady)
Nymphalidae
(Brush-Footed Butterflies)
Platyptilia carduidactyla**
(Artichoke Plume Moth)
Pterophoridae
(Plume Moths)
Calephelis mutica
(Swamp Metalmark)
Riodinidae
(Metalmark Butterflies)
Scythris eboracensis** Scythrididae
(Scythrid Moths)
Melanoplus borealis
(Northern Grasshopper)
Acrididae
(Short-Horned Grasshoppers)

*larvae bore through stems and/or roots
**feeds destructively on flowerheads
***formerly assigned to Pyralidae (Snout Moths)

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