Insects Feeding
on Milkweeds
(Asclepias spp.)

Insect Species
Scientific Name &
Common Name (if any)
Insect Family
Tetraopes basalis*
(Milkweed Longhorn)
Cerambycidae
(Long-Horned Beetles)
Tetraopes tetrophthalmus*
(Red Milkweed Beetle)
Cerambycidae
(Long-Horned Beetles)
Chrysochus auratus
(Dogbane Beetle)
Chrysomelidae
(Leaf Beetles)
Labidomera clivicollis
(Swamp Milkweed Beetle)
Chrysomelidae
(Leaf Beetles)
Rhyssomatus lineaticollis* Curculionidae
(Weevils)
Lygaeus kalmii**
(Small Milkweed Bug)
Lygaeidae
(Seed Bugs)
Lygaeus turcicus** Lygaeidae
(Seed Bugs)
Oncopeltus fasciatus**
(Large Milkweed Bug)
Lygaeidae
(Seed Bugs)
Aphis asclepiadis Aphididae
(Aphids)
Aphis nerii
(Milkweed Aphid)
Aphididae
(Aphids)
Myzocallis asclepiadis Aphididae
(Aphids)
Myzocallis punctatus Aphididae
(Aphids)
Cycnia inopinatus
(Unexpected Cycnia)
Arctiidae
(Tiger Moths)
Cycnia tenera
(Delicated Cycnia)
Arctiidae
(Tiger Moths)
Euchaetes egle
(Milkweed Tussock Moth)
Arctiidae
(Tiger Moths)
Danaus plexippus
(Monarch)
Danaidae
(Monarch Butterflies)

*larvae bore through stems and/or roots
**feeds on flowers and/or seedpods

Note: The listed insect species feed on some Asclepias spp.,
but not necessarily all of them.

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