Plant-Insect Interaction: Black bugs feeding on Queen Anne’s lace

Black bugs (family Thyreocoridae) feeding on Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota, Apiaceae), photographed 07/13/2010 in a prairie southeast of Clayton, Michigan.

These insects seem very particular to prairie ecosystems.  Perhaps they’re particular to Queen Anne’s Lace as a host plant, an invasive species that occurs abundantly in local fields, prairies, and along roadsides. During a survey last summer I found black bugs in abundance in a prairie, but they were completely absent in two different forest types.  Unsurprisingly, Queen Anne’s Lace is also absent in local forests.


About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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